EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! CONCLUSION:
So… where does that leave us? The Astros will likely give Giles every opportunity to render his postseason performance nothing more than a horribly-timed slump next season. They have, after all, invested plenty in the guy (to the tune of five prospects) and that investment will likely make them hesitant to invest even more in a position that can tend to be volatile and unpredictable already.
And, since he won’t be facing the Yankees and Dodgers every night, and will almost certainly revert to strict(er) 3-out saves. It’s likely that assuming there’s no mental hangover, Giles will be good enough to efficiently close for a 90+-win team that should compete for a playoff spot.
Unfortunately, we may have to wait until next October to see if Giles has any lingering postseason demons. How do you feel about Giles being the closer in 2018? Let me know on Twitter: @Bags4HoF
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***