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Ken Giles punches himself in the face

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The former Phillies closer assaulted himself after another rough outing for the Astros last night.

New York Yankees v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

It seems as though everyone is hitting former Phillies closer Ken Giles these days.

Giles, who has lost his job as Houston’s closer but is still a part of the team’s late inning rotation, had an emotional eruption during the Astros’ 3-0 loss to New York last night.

Giles’ assault of himself came after he gave up a three-run bomb to Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez in the top of the 9th inning, breaking what had been a scoreless tie.

Gary Sanchez is an amazing player and Ken Giles served up a cookie. It happens. But let’s make one thing perfectly clear here.

Ken Giles is a little nuts.

Seriously, who punches themselves in the face like that?

This isn’t the first time Giles has lost his mind on the baseball field. Back in 2015, when he was still with the Phillies, the hot-headed reliever lost his cool in the dugout with former manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure.

Giles has had a rough start to his 2018 season, which comes on the heels of a brutal 2017 postseason in which Houston manager A.J. Hinch lost all confidence in his abilities as a closer. In 12 games (10.1 IP) this year, Giles has a 5.23 ERA and has seen his strikeout-rate fall from his career mark of 33.1% to 19.5%. The good news is he has yet to yield a walk yet this season, resulting in a FIP of 2.88 and an xFIP of 3.74.

In seven playoff games last year, Giles had a ghastly 11.74 ERA, and in the World Series he gave up five earned runs in 1.2 innings. It was ugly.

The Astros’ volatile reliever celebrates every save like it was Game 7 of the World Series, so perhaps it’s not bizarre that he’s equally as emotional when he gives up a big hit.

Giving oneself a right hook right in the jaw may not be the healthiest method of relieving those emotions.