Closing Thoughts

A.J. Hinch: I struggle with using a closer or a perfect matchup guy

A.J. Hinch: I struggle with using a closer or a perfect matchup guy
The bullpen is fresh because of the amazing starting pitching this season. Jason Behnken / Getty Images

Originally appeared on SportsMap941.com

Astros manager A.J. Hinch caught up with Charlie Pallilo and talked about the hot start for the Angels, his strategy for using Ken Giles in the closer’s role, Gerrit Cole dominating, and the Astros’ early struggles swinging the bats. Hinch went on to say that he will continue to use Chris Devenski as a specialist in close games against left-handed hitters, including the ninth inning when many expect to see Ken Giles. Make sure you listen to this fantastic in-depth interview here.

You can hear The Charlie Pallilo Show weekdays from 11-1pm on SportsMap 94.1 radio. Listen live or on demand with the SportsMap 94.1 radio app.

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