MLB: Top 5 relievers in the AL and NL Championship Series

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 11: Aroldis Chapman
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 11: Aroldis Chapman /
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 09: Ken Giles
BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 09: Ken Giles /

Ken Giles

Ken Giles burst onto the scene in 2013 as a previously unheralded prospect with the Phillies and posted a 1.18 ERA. After a second impressive season in the city of brotherly love, Giles was traded to Houston for a haul of prospects.

After a disappointing first season in Houston last year he regained form in 2017, posting a 2.30 ERA and stellar 11.9 K/9.

Giles features a devastating fastball/slider combination. His heater averages 98.5 MPH and frequently exceeds 100 MPH. His slider is a his put-away pitch, as he throws it more often with two strikes. Opposing managers won’t be able to gain a platoon advantage against him, since right-handed hitters batted .200 vs. Giles but lefties hit only .196.