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Tony Sipp | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Tony Sipp earned his fourth save of the season by hurling a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners in Wednesday's 5-2 victory.
Chad Qualls isn't 100-percent, and Josh Fields pitched on Tuesday, so Sipp was called on to get the save. He struck out leadoff batter Michael Saunders, allowed an infield Robinson Cano single, and then induced two straight fly outs. It's hard to know if Sipp will vulture his way into a fifth save, but he's been a solid setup man with a 3.35 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. Sep 11 - 1:37 AM

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With Chad Qualls ready to go in the pen, Tony Sipp retired all six batters he faced to earn a save in a one-run game against the A's on Friday.

Knowing that going to Qualls would bring up Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick as pinch-hitters, the Astros opted to stick with Sipp with two switch-hitters and righty due up in the ninth. It worked exquisitely, as Sipp set down the side in order. In all, he fanned four batters on the night. Expect Qualls to remain the Astros' closer, even though Sipp has picked up saves in back-to-back appearances. Oddly enough, those appearances came eight days apart.
Sep 6 - 1:22 AM

Tony Sipp picked up a rare save, finishing off the Rangers in the ninth inning of Thursday's win.

Sipp was filling in for Chad Qualls, who had pitched on back-to-back nights. The lefty struck out two Rangers en route to his second save of the season. Sipp has been solid out of the 'pen for the Astros this season, sporting a 3.21 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 51/14 K/BB ratio. However, the save opportunities will be virtually nonexistent for Sipp through the rest of the season barring an injury.
Aug 28 - 11:22 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Tony Sipp has "drawn the most interest of any Astros player."

Sipp was scooped up by the Astros in May after opting out of a minor league deal with the Padres and has gone on to post a 2.45 ERA and terrific 41/7 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 relief innings. Heyman lists the Angels, Braves and Orioles as possible fits for Sipp.
Jul 23 - 1:54 PM

Astros signed LHP Tony Sipp to a one-year contract.

Sipp opted out of his minor league deal with the Padres on Thursday and quickly landed with a new team. The 30-year-old southpaw had a 4.30 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this season with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, Texas and probably won't fare too well in Houston.
May 1 - 2:06 PM

A source tells Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish that Tony Sipp won't opt out of his minor league contract with the Padres.

Sipp's option to opt out of the deal ends Wednesday, so it appears he'll head to Triple-A El Paso as assigned. His next opt-out opportunity is on June 1, but the left-hander could leave for a major league role before then. Sipp had a 1.86 ERA over 10 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 26 - 9:45 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Tony Sipp is undecided on whether he'll opt out of his minor league contract with the Padres.

He can opt out on Wednesday after being reassigned to minor league camp Monday. Sipp impressed with a 1.86 ERA and 9/1 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings this spring and would receive interest if he hits the open market. However, the Padres currently look set to go with one left-handed reliever on their Opening Day roster, so he might decide he'd be best off sticking around.
Mar 24 - 7:18 PM

Tony Sipp continued his impressive Cactus League display, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless frames in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

The 29-year-old southpaw is in camp as a non-roster invitee, but has certainly earned a spot in the bullpen after posting a 1.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 9/1 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings in the spring.
Mar 23 - 11:20 PM

Padres signed LHP Tony Sipp to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old gets an invitation to spring training and should have a legitimate chance to earn a spot in the Padres bullpen to begin the season. The deal also provides Sipp with the ability to opt-out of the contract if he's not on the big league roster on March 26 or June 1.
Feb 1 - 11:09 AM

Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres are closing in on a minor league deal with Tony Sipp.

The deal will include an invitation to Major League spring training. The 29-year-old southpaw struggled during the 2013 campaign but would have a decent shot to earn a spot in the Padres bullpen to start the season.
Jan 31 - 11:59 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that "several teams are in on" Tony Sipp.

Cotillo adds that Sipp doesn't seem close to a decision, but it appears he'll have plenty of options. Sipp elected free agency last month after being designated for assignment by the D'Backs. The southpaw is coming off a career-worst 4.78 ERA in 2013, but he holds a 3.84 mark with 267 strikeouts over 258 frames in his career.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 02:59:00 PM

Tony Sipp has elected to become a free agent.

Sipp was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week and made it through waivers without drawing a claim. The 29-year-old lefty had a disappointing 4.78 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 37 2/3 innings this summer with Arizona. He may have to settle for a minor league deal on the open market this winter.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Diamondbacks designated LHP Tony Sipp for assignment.

The DFA clears a spot on the 40-man roster as teams shuffle their rosters in preparation for December's Rule 5 Draft. Sipp had a 4.78 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 37 2/3 innings this season with the club. The 29-year-old will almost certainly catch on with another club this winter.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Diamondbacks recalled LHP Tony Sipp from Triple-A Reno.

As anticipated, Sipp rejoins the D'Backs roster as soon as rosters expand for September. The 30-year-old southpaw posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 37/18 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 12:56:00 PM

Diamondbacks optioned LHP Tony Sipp to Triple-A Reno.

As it turned out, the DFA of Sipp earlier today was just a procedural move. He'll be back on Sept. 1, if not earlier.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Carlos Corporan
3Max Stassi
1B1Jon Singleton
2Jesus Guzman
3Marc Krauss
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Marwin Gonzalez
2Gregorio Petit
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Jake Marisnick
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
2Robbie Grossman
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Brad Peacock
6Samuel Deduno
7Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Chad Qualls
2Josh Fields
3Tony Sipp
4Jose Veras
5Darin Downs
6Jake Buchanan
7Jorge De Leon
8Michael Foltynewicz
9Kevin Chapman
10Josh Zeid
11Jesse Crain
12Matt Albers
13Jose Cisnero