Ken Giles has choice words for A.J. Hinch

HOUSTON TX- JULY 10 Manager AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros takes the ball from Ken Giles #53 in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park

The Houston Astros have optioned reliever Ken Giles to Triple A Fresno, a night after he appeared to curse at manager A.J. Hinch when he was lifted from the game. But Giles has memorably sunk the "Stros in high-leverage spots this season".

It wasn't Giles first outburst this season.

The Houston Astros won Tuesday's game against the A's in ridiculous fashion, but it wasn't all smiles for the AL West leaders. When manager A.J. Hinch pulled him from the game, Giles muttered what looked like an expletive as he was leaving the mound. He collapsed during the postseason, though, and that has carried over into 2018, with his bad outing Wednesday raising his ERA to 4.99. Houston lost 10-9 in 14 innings. Giles'.368 BABIP undoubtedly has played a role in those struggles, but a spike in that regard should be expected when surrendering considerably more hard contact to opponents.

Giles' troubles date back to the playoffs last season.

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The Astros were up by four to start the ninth inning against Oakland on Tuesday night when Giles took over and gave up three straight singles, which cut the lead to 4-1.

After the game, Hinch told reporters that he didn't hear what Giles said and was unsure if it was directed at him. I didn't hear anything.

"I don't know what he said", he added.

From a service time vantage point, there's little implication for Giles' long-term future. As such, he'll still be eligible for arbitration twice more before qualifying as a free agent following the 2020 season, regardless of how long he spends in Triple-A.

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