Astros: Everything is Awesome! Ken Giles Version

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 28: Ken Giles #53 of the Houston Astros looks on during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 28: Ken Giles #53 of the Houston Astros looks on during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! CONCLUSION:

HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 06: Jose Altuve #27 and Ken Giles #53 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 8-2 in game two of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 06: Jose Altuve #27 and Ken Giles #53 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 8-2 in game two of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

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.

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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***

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