Tony Sipp RP HOU 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 2 months ago

Sipp allowed a hit and struck out a batter during a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday against Oakland to pick up his fifth hold of the season.

Sipp recorded two quick outs to open the seventh inning before permitting a single to Billy Burns, who he picked off at first base to end the frame. The veteran left-hander has a 0.55 ERA, .161 BAA and 16:3 K:BB ratio over 16.1 innings this season.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 3 months ago

Sipp earned his second victory of the season in relief on Sunday, striking out a batter over 1.2 perfect innings against Oakland.

Sipp (2-0) breezed through the heart of the A's lineup across his 1.2 innings Sunday, tossing 15 of his 19 pitches for strikes. Through eight relief appearances with the Astros this season, the veteran reliever has a 0.96 ERA, 0.764 WHIP and 7:2 K:BB over 9.1 innings.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 3 months ago

Sipp pitched a scoreless inning Sunday against the Angels to earn his third hold of the season.

The veteran southpaw allowed a leadoff single to Erick Aybar, who quickly advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Sipp worked around it though, striking out C.J. Cron before getting Collin Cowgill to pop out and Johnny Giavotella to ground out to end the inning. Through five relief appearances with the Astros, Sipp has a 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 6:1 K:BB over 6.1 innings.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 4 months ago

Sipp struck out two during a scoreless inning of relief Monday against the Indians to pick up his first hold of the season.

Sipp held left-handed hitters to a .138 average last year, and with Jose Ramirez (a switch-hitter), Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis (both lefties) due up for Cleveland in the top of the eighth inning, Astros manager A.J. Hinch called on Sipp to play the matchups. The veteran reliever performed well against his former club and figures to be called upon in similar situations this season.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 7 months ago

Sipp and the Astros avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.4 million contract, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

While he had a very strong 2014 (3.38 ERA, 50.2 innings, .888 WHIP) Sipp is still only one part of a very strong Astros bullpen that now includes Chad Qualls, Luke Gregerson, and Pat Neshek. Sipp is a good relief pitcher, but it's going to take great numbers to even move into a set-up role with Houston.

Tony Sipp RP HOU 11 months ago

Sipp tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Wednesday to earn his fourth save of the season.

Sipp gave up an infield single to Robinson Cano with one out but then retired Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager to nail down the win for Houston. The 31-year-old lefty has now recorded saves in three of his last five appearances, and with regular closer Chad Qualls battling a nagging hip injury, Sipp could see additional opportunities depending on the matchups.