As Ken Giles learned on Tuesday, if you're going to talk trash, you have to be able to back it up.
After allowing the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to heated-rival Texas on Monday, the former Phillies closer had some intersting comments.
"We have more talent than this team does, I believe," Giles said. "We shouldn't be losing these kind of ball games and stuff like that, so we're gonna go out there tomorrow and just put them to the ground."
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Well, it didn't work out too well for Giles. The Rangers topped the underwhelming Astros again on Tuesday, 4-3. Giles did not pitch in the game.
The Rangers had Giles' comments posted on the locker room bulletin board before Tuesday's game and Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus suggested Giles should "shut up and play (see story)."
The Astros and Rangers are quickly developing a heated rivalry — one that Texas has dominated, winning eight straight vs. the Astros and 12 straight at home.
Giles is off to a slow start in 2016, posting a 5.76 ERA, giving up 16 runs and nine walks in 25 innings pitched.