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McCullers: No Issues With No Giles

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. commented on closer Ken Giles not being used in a save situation in Wednesday's game.

April 05, 2018 - 12:59 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. joined MaD radio for his weekly appearance Thursday morning. He cleared the air about how the team feels about closer Ken Giles not being used in a save situation in Wednesday's game. From a fans perspective there has not been much confidence in him since he struggled in the postseason last October, but Lance says there is really no problem with Ken.

"I watched him yesterday, I specifically watched him. Soon as that last out happened I looked in the bullpen. He was the first one up giving high fives. He just wants to win," McCullers Jr. said. "He didn't seem to have any problem with it. I mean I'm sure inside he wanted to pitch, because you know he's a competitor, but as far as him not pitching, he didn't take it in a bad way especially with the way he reacted. And he's not that kind of guy anyway, he's a pretty team first guy. All he wants to do his help the team win, so I think it's such a non-issue." 

Brad Peacock instead was the one to close out the game. He pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and according to Lance and Astros Manager A.J. Hinch, it was by design. It was all about Brad's breaking ball against the Orioles.

"When someone is rolling like that and they just have a good feel for the game, plus Baltimore is a team that we know that they don't hit curveballs that well, and Brad was a great matchup. And it just seemed like he kind of had it rolling," Lance said. "He let him ride and that's kind of been what A.J.'s done in the playoffs a couple times."

McCullers Jr. even felt that this could benefit the Astros in the long run.

"Throughout the course of the season there's going to be only so many times that that happens, that you can take advantage of that. So even though I know it's early... I'm thinking it's a good rest day for him," Lance said. "Kind of keep recovering, and that means if we get one or two more innings on the back end from him, then that's big time."