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The Astros shouldn't be worried about Ken Giles.
When reading that, you're probably asking yourself, "if hitters are hitting .455 on his fastball, why should he throw it more?" The answer is because the way Giles is using his pitches now, he is using his slider to set up his fastball, when in fact, he should be doing the opposite. That mix has worked in his first two seasons and allowed Giles to be as successful as he has been to this point.
Overall, the Astros should not be too concerned with the struggles of Ken Giles to start 2016. A change in how often and how effective he mixes his fastball and slider together will bring him back to his effective ways and give the Astros a formidable 8th and 9th inning combination of Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles.
Tim Lincecum is getting closer to holding a showcase.
Pablo Sandoval is apparently too sore to be examined.
The Rangers were dealt a big blow, losing reliever Keone Kela for the next 12 weeks with a right elbow impingement.
Here is a roundup of news from the American League West.
Jeff Sullivan makes a case for Noah Syndergaard as the best pitcher in baseball.
Of course things could turn. Of course, down the road, this post could look like an overreaction. A week ago, Vincent Velasquez looked totally unhittable. Then he gave up five runs in 4.1 innings against the Mets. I’m not saying that Syndergaard is definitely anything, but you wouldn’t have been wrong if you thought Corey Kluberwas breaking out in 2014. You wouldn’t have been wrong if you thought Jake Arrieta was breaking out in 2014. Arrieta rode a hard cutter to Cy Young contention. Syndergaard has a harder cutter. Syndergaard has a harder everything, and he seems to know where they’re going.
From a scouting perspective, there’s a real argument that Noah Syndergaard is now baseball’s best pitcher. It’s not an argument you can’t argue against, and it’s not an argument that’ll convince everybody, but, think about what it means for the argument to even be able to exist. Noah Syndergaard is just something unreal.
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