Tony Sipp RP HOU 1 week ago

Sipp has appeared in six games out of the Astros' bullpen this season, struggling to the tune of three runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 4.2 innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sipp's strikeout rate (11.6 K/9) is nice after he registered a 10.3 K/9 last season for the Astros, but he's already coughed up two home runs after permitting just five in all of 2015. The veteran southpaw has held right-handed hitters below the Mendoza line in each of the past two seasons, but they're hitting .308 against him in the early going of 2016.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 1 month ago

Sipp has made four Grapefruit League appearances, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts over three innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite a rough start to his 2016 campaign, the veteran southpaw enjoyed his most productive big league season with the Astros last year, compiling a 1.99 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 62:15 K:BB ratio over 54.1 innings. That earned him a multi-year contract with Houston, who should employ him in a similar way out of the bullpen this year. Sipp won't see too many high-leverage situations with Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson in town, but his success against right-handed hitters (.192 BAA) should keep him in a serviceable role nonetheless.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 5 months ago

Sipp signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Astros on Thursday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It has been a productive 24 hours for the Astros and their quest to strengthen the bullpen, as they also acquired ace reliever Ken Giles in a trade with the Phillies on Wednesday night. With Giles set to close and Luke Gregerson in line to be the setup man, Sipp won't have many high-leverage opportunities. Last year he posted a 1.99 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts in 54.1 innings, so there is the potential for some deep league value here due to his ability to post low ratios and over a strikeout per inning. The contract hinges on Sipp passing a physical.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 8 months ago

Sipp (oblique) returned to the mound Sunday, striking out the only batter he faced.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sipp missed an extended period of time due to back and oblique issues, but he finally returned to the mound Sunday, and he should be good to go moving forward.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 8 months ago

Sipp (oblique) is set to rejoin the Astros this weekend, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sipp came out of a Wednesday bullpen session feeling fine, so he will join the Astros for their next series in Los Angeles. It's not yet clear when Sipp will make his next appearance for the big club however.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 8 months ago

Sipp has a back/oblique concern and will go for further tests this weekend, the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It sounds like Sipp won't be available Friday, and possibly through the rest of the weekend. The Astros have plenty of bullpen reinforcements after roster expansion so they should be able to manage without Sipp in the short term.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 10 months ago

Sipp (2-4) took his fourth loss of the season in relief after giving up a two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez during Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Sipp opened 2015 with a 0.79 ERA through 10 appearances in April, but he has allowed runs in nine of 23 appearances since then. The veteran southpaw maintains a respectable 3.26 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, however, with a 33:7 K:BB ratio over 30.1 innings.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 11 months ago

Sipp (2-2) took his second loss of the season in relief after giving up a home run to Chris Davis during Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

Sipp entered a tie game with one out in the bottom of eighth inning to play the lefty-on-lefty match up against Chris Davis. Davis is hitting .303 against left-handed pitching this year, however, and drove the first pitch he saw from the veteran reliever 436 feet over the wall in right center field. Despite allowing a home run in each of his last two appearances for the Astros, Sipp still sports a 1.53 ERA this season.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 11 months ago

Sipp (2-1) took the loss in relief after giving up a walk-off solo home run to James McCann in the 11th inning of Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Tigers.

Making his third appearance in three days for the Astros, Sipp didn't record an out in the game while his ERA doubled from 0.53 to 1.06 this season. Coming into Thursday, the veteran southpaw hadn't allowed an earned run in a game since April 11.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 11 months ago

Sipp struck out both batters he faced to earn his sixth hold of the season Wednesday against the A's.

The Astros were leading 3-1 when Sipp entered the game with a runner on second base and one out in the eighth inning, and he struck out Stephen Vogt and Mark Canha to prevent the run from scoring. He lowered his ERA to 0.53 with the scoreless appearance.