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SEP 11, 6:47a ET | John Halpin
Rotowire: Apr 27 / 6:37a ET
News: Sipp earned his second victory of the season in relief on Sunday, striking out a batter over 1.2 perfect innings against Oakland.
Impact: 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, 0.64 WHIP and 7:2 K:BB over 9.1 innings.
Rotowire: Apr 20 / 5:24a ET
News: Sipp pitched a scoreless inning Sunday against the Angels to earn his third hold of the season.
Impact: 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.
Rotowire: Apr 6 / 8:03p ET
News: Sipp struck out two during a scoreless inning of relief Monday against the Indians to pick up his first hold of the season.
Impact: 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.