A.J. Hinch “likely” won’t use Ken Giles in a save situation in World Series Game 5

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Astros closer Ken Giles‘ struggles continued in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night. The right-hander faced three batters and gave up a single, a walk, and a run-scoring double before exiting. The other two eventually came around to score as well, putting him on the hook for three runs with no outs recorded.

Giles has now given up runs in six of his seven postseason appearances this year. Overall, he’s yielded 10 runs (all earned) on 12 hits (including three doubles and three home runs) and five walks with 10 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Needless to say, that’s a far cry from his regular season performance.

If the Astros find themselves with a save situation in Game 5 on Sunday, manager A.J. Hinch said, “It most likely won’t go to Ken tonight,” MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports. Not particularly surprising. The Astros’ bullpen has been an issue throughout the postseason, but thus far in the World Series, Brad Peacock, Chris Devenski, and Will Harris have proven to be reliable so any of them could presumably be used in a save situation if one arises.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.