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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||47.20||3.00||2.00||2.00||4.15||1.22||52.00||21.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Seattle|| 1.1||1||0|| 0.00||0||0||0|
|vs LHB|| 3.2||0||0|| 2.45||0||1||2|
|vs RHB|| 4.0||0||0|| 0.00||0||0||4|
|Last 10 Games|
Astros' bullpen steps up in win vs. Mariners Monday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10:18 am ET) The Astros bullpen delivered five innings of one-run ball Monday to play a key role in the team's 7-5 victory, with lefty Tony Sipp picking up the win after delivering 1 1/3 perfect innings.
"You can tell everyone out there has confidence," Sipp said after the game, per MLB.com. "You can flip a coin and put any guy out there at any given time. And you know it's like a friendly competition -- see who can be the best guy out there and you know, hopefully we're all out there sitting on ones [ERA] at the end of the year, high-fiving, trying to see who can get down to point zero something. It's one of those things like winning [being] contagious; successful bullpens kind of feed off each other also."
The bullpen has delivered a 2.06 ERA in 48 innings, giving them the third-best mark in the majors. Astros relievers have also struck out 49 batters while issuing just 11 walks.
"The way we're lined up, we've got a lot of weapons in the bullpen," manager A.J. Hinch said. "Eventually, we'd like to not use them so often and so early, but tonight we needed everything we could."
Tony Sipp lands role in Astros bullpen, last spot still open
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/14/15) Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that LHP Tony Sipp had earned a spot in the bullpen.
"Sipp's on the team," Hinch told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.
There are still three pitchers battling for the final spot in the Astros pen: Kevin Chapman, Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs .
Thatcher is the most experienced, but he's not on the team's 40-man roster. Still, he appears to be the favorite.
"Thatch has thrown well and has some experience," Hinch said. "Chapman is still in the mix."
Astros manager A.J. Hinch on naming a closer: 'It'll take a while'
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(2/21/15) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Saturday that he has somewhat of an idea who his closer will be this season, but declined to reveal any names, per the Houston Chronicle. Hinch noted that it "will take a while" before he names his closer.
"I think you got to let it play out," Hinch said. "I don't want to get too far in trying to make that happen in your own mind. But I do have an idea of how I think it's going to play out, but I'm not rushing to judgment, or, I'm not against changing my mind about half a dozen to 10 times between now and April. It's very, very premature.
"There's less need to sort of try out. Competing for it is sort of a hard way to describe it when you've got guys that have some credentials. So I'll stop calling it a competition, but it's more of an alignment of how we're going to use them."
Luke Gregerson signed a three-year, $18.5 million contract with the Astros, and is the highest-paid reliever on the roster. Chad Qualls was the ninth-inning man last season, and Pat Neshek, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all viable candidates for the gig.
Astros avoid arbitration with Hank Conger, Tony Sipp
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/16/15) The Astros have avoided arbitration with Hank Conger and Tony Sipp prior to Friday's deadline, per the team's official website. Conger signed a one-year, $1.075 million contract, while Sipp settled for $2.4 million.
Conger hit .221 with four homers and 21 RBI over 231 at-bats in 2014. Sipp registered a 3.38 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP over 50 2/3 innings of work last season.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/21/15||@ SEA||10:10 pm||Taijuan Walker|
|4/22/15||@ SEA||10:10 pm||J.A. Happ|
|4/24/15||@ OAK||10:05 pm||Scott Kazmir|
|4/25/15||@ OAK||4:05 pm||Kendall Graveman|
|4/26/15||@ OAK||4:05 pm||Drew Pomeranz|
|4/27/15||@ SD||10:10 pm||James Shields|
|4/28/15||@ SD||10:10 pm||Tyson Ross|
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