Sipp allowed two singles while recording just one out during Wednesday's win over Texas, but was bailed out by Pat Neshek, who prevented his inherited runners from scoring by inducing an inning-ending double-play. Despite performing well in May (1.74 ERA), Sipp has been inconsistent in relief for the Astros this season. The veteran southpaw owns a 3.48 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 21:5 K:BB over 20.2 innings, but he's allowed five home runs after allowing five all of last season in 54.1 innings. Sipp has held right-handed hitters below the Mendoza line over the last two seasons, but they're hitting .270 off him in 2016.
Sipp picked up a save in extra innings despite allowing a run on two hits Tuesday against the White Sox. Sipp did pick up two strikeouts, but he now has a 4.11 ERA and has given up 15 hits in 15.1 innings. Luke Gregerson (three blown saves, 4.08 ERA) is and Ken Giles (6.89 ERA) are struggling, but Sipp hasn't done much to force his way up the bullpen depth chart himself.
Sipp was activated from the paternity list Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. As expected, Sipp will rejoin the team following the birth of his child earlier in the week. Michael Feliz was recalled to take Sipp's spot on the roster, and he'll remain with the team, while Sipp assumes the roster spot vacated by catcher Evan Gattis, who was optioned to Double-A on Friday night.
Sipp was placed on the paternity list Friday. By rule, Sipp must miss at least one game and no more than three games. Michael Feliz was recalled to take Sipp's spot in the bullpen on a temporary basis. Sipp has recorded three holds but has struggled overall to the tune of a 4.66 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 13 appearances.
Sipp has appeared in six games out of the Astros' bullpen this season, struggling to the tune of three runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Sipp's strikeout rate (11.6 K/9) is nice after he registered a 10.3 K/9 last season for the Astros, but he's already coughed up two home runs after permitting just five in all of 2015. The veteran southpaw has held right-handed hitters below the Mendoza line in each of the past two seasons, but they're hitting .308 against him in the early going of 2016.