The Astros fell in Game 4 of the World Series to the Dodgers in part because closer Ken Giles once again struggled to get outs. Heading into Game 5, Giles has an 11.74 ERA through seven appearances this postseason. In 1 2/3 innings against the Dodgers in the World Series, he's allowed five runs on four hits and a pair of hits. Those struggles probably led Houston manager A.J. Hinch to say this prior to Game 5 on Sunday when asked about the prospect of protecting a ninth-inning lead: "I'm not sure who it will go to, but it most likely won't go to Ken tonight." Giles has thrown just eight pitches since Game 2, so this presumably isn't a rest thing, especially ahead of Monday's travel day.
Giles won't serve as Astros closer in Game 5
CBS Sports | Oct 29