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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 LHB|| 8.0||0||0|| 1.13||0||2||6|
|vs RHB|| 9.0||0||0|| 1.00||0||1||12|
|Last 10 Games|
Astros closer Luke Gregerson (rest) not available on Wednesday
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(5/20/15) Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that closer Luke Gregerson will not be available to pitch on Wednesday against the A's. Gregerson nearly cost the team a win on Tuesday when he gave up two runs in the ninth inning. He was pulled in favor of Pat Neshek who closed out the game and got the save.
Gregerson has appeared in three of the last four games for the Astros and has given up two runs in two of those performances.
Hinch indicated that Neshek, Chad Qualls, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all options to close if a save is needed on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Astros RP Chad Qualls closes out extra-inning win at Oakland
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(4/25/15) Astros reliever Chad Qualls earned his second save of the season during Friday's 5-4 win in 11 innings at Oakland, after closer Luke Gregerson and reliever Pat Neshek both struggled to close out the win.
Gregerson blew his first save of the season in the 10th inning, allowing Oakland to tie the game at 2. Neshek then came on to open the bottom of the 11th inning, but he was gone after allowing two runs on three hits in two-thirds inning.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch brought on Tony Sipp to face Sam Fuld for the final out, but Sipp walked Fuld to put two runners on base. Hinch then called on Qualls, who retired Brett Lawrie on a fly out to deep center to end the rally.
Astros' bullpen steps up in win vs. Mariners Monday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/21/15) 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.
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