2012 in Review: Tony Sipp

For the most part, the main cogs in the 2011 bullpen were just as good in 2012. That wasn't the case with the left-handers, though; Rafael Perez hurt his shoulder early in spring training, and although Tony Sipp was healthy, he wasn't nearly as effective as he'd been the previous season.

2012 Age: 28

2012 WAR (Fangraphs): -0.3

2012 WAR (B-Ref): 0.0

2012 Salary: $505K (Renewable)

2013 Contract Status: Arbitration (3.138 Service Time)

While the Indians were ok once the game got to the late innings, the loss of Rafael Perez and the poor season from Sipp meant that the bullpen didn't have as much depth, as in 2011, and that showed itself not in terms of late blown leads but in blowout losses. Instead of Good Sipp or Healthy Perez coming in to relieve Ubaldo Jimenez or Josh Tomlin, it was Dan Wheeler or Jeremy Accardo or Bad Sipp. That took care of any nascent comebacks before they had a chance to go anywhere. The Indians would eventually fix the front end of the bullpen with the additions of Esmil Rogers and Cody Allen, but by then it was too late, for the rotation had crumbled to the point where no amount of relief could help the Indians stay afloat.

So what was different with Sipp this year? It wasn't velocity; his fastball in 2012 sat in the low-90s, as it had throughout his major-league career. It wasn't arm problems, as he didn't go on the DL all season, and there's been no talk of a post-season surgery. And if you look at his peripherals, the only rate that shows any difference at all is the hits/9, which jumped to 7.7/9 from 6.5/9 the year before, but a 7.7 rate isn't that bad for a reliever.

The key is looking at Sipp before the All-Star Break and after it. Sipp was one of the few Indians on the pitching staff who had a much better second half of the season than a first half.

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1st Half 34 120 109 19 25 7 1 6 1 1 10 32 3.20 .229 .294 .477 .771 52 0 0 1 0 1 1 .268 106 110
2nd Half 29 113 97 10 22 4 1 3 2 1 13 19 1.46 .227 .321 .381 .703 37 0 1 1 1 0 1 .250 93 95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2012.

The key was cutting down on on extra-base hits; Sipp just about halved his extra-base hits allowed in the second half from the first half. If you look at things month-by-month, the strikeouts dropoff in the second half is explained by an odd September in which he was effective despite only whiffing 4 in 9 innings. In July and August, he cut extra-base hits while at the same time maintaining his customary high strikeout rates. In other words, if the Indians had had the July/August Sipp at the beginning of the season, he would have looked the same as at the end of the 2011 campaign.

All of which is saying that it looks like Sipp figured things out as the season went on, and there's no real reason to panic over his overall numbers. He should go into next season as he entered 2012; as a key late-inning reliever.

2012 Game Log

Rk Gcar Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
1 186 1 Apr 5 CLE TOR L,4-7 12-13 99 1.1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0.00 6 29 15
2 187 2 Apr 7 CLE TOR L,4-7 12-12 L(0-1) 1 0.1 4 4 4 0 1 0 21.60 5 24 17
3 188 6 Apr 13 CLE @ KCR W,8-3 7-7 H(1) 5 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.00 1 2 1
4 189 7 Apr 14 CLE @ KCR W,11-9 7-7 H(2) 0 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 19.29 3 17 10
5 190 8 Apr 15 CLE @ KCR W,13-7 8-8 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.50 3 8 4
6 191 12 Apr 20 CLE @ OAK W,4-3 7-7 H(3) 4 0.1 1 1 1 1 1 0 14.73 3 11 5
7 192 13 Apr 21 CLE @ OAK W,5-1 7-7 H(4) 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11.57 3 11 7
8 193 15 Apr 24 CLE KCR W,4-3 7-7 H(5) 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9.53 3 14 9
9 194 17 Apr 26 CLE KCR L,2-4 7-8 1 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 7.71 5 21 14
May Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
10 195 22 May 2 CLE @ CHW W,6-3 8-8 5 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.71 1 4 3
11 196 23 May 3 CLE @ CHW W,7-5 7-7 H(6) 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.36 1 6 3
12 197 26 May 6 CLE TEX W,4-2 8-8 2 0.2 3 2 2 0 1 0 9.00 5 14 11
13 198 28 May 7(2) CLE CHW W,3-2 9-GF S(1) 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 8.00 4 14 9
14 199 31 May 10 CLE @ BOS W,8-3 7-7 2 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 8.38 3 12 8
15 200 32 May 11 CLE @ BOS L,5-7 7-GF(8) 0 2.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 6.94 9 43 22
16 201 37 May 16 CLE SEA W,9-3 8-8 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.39 3 21 14
17 202 38 May 17 CLE SEA W,6-5 9-10 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 5.79 4 17 12
18 203 39 May 18 CLE MIA L,2-3 8-8 L(0-2) 0 0.1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5.65 2 8 4
19 204 42 May 22 CLE DET W,5-3 7-7 H(7) 3 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.40 3 17 9
20 205 43 May 23 CLE DET W,4-2 8-8 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.40 1 4 3
21 206 46 May 26 CLE @ CHW L,7-14 8-GF(8) 2 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 6.19 5 19 13
22 207 47 May 27 CLE @ CHW L,6-12 7-8 0 1.2 2 2 2 1 1 0 6.62 8 30 20
23 208 50 May 30 CLE KCR L,3-6 7-7 2 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.27 3 14 8
June Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
24 209 52 Jun 2 CLE MIN L,4-7 7-7 2 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 1 6.86 5 13 10
25 210 55 Jun 6 CLE @ DET W,9-6 6-6 H(8) 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.53 3 10 7
26 211 60 Jun 12 CLE @ CIN L,1-7 7-7 5 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 6.65 4 16 9
27 212 64 Jun 16 CLE PIT L,2-9 7-7 3 0.1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.95 3 16 7
28 213 70 Jun 23 CLE @ HOU L,1-8 6-7 6 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 6.56 4 21 12
29 214 73 Jun 26 CLE @ NYY L,4-6 7-7 2 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 6.66 4 12 9
30 215 77 Jun 30 CLE @ BAL W,11-5 9-GF 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.39 3 10 8
July Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
31 216 81 Jul 4 CLE LAA W,12-3 8-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.15 3 11 6
32 217 83 Jul 6 CLE TBR L,3-10 8-8 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.93 3 16 11
33 218 84 Jul 7 CLE TBR W,7-3 7-7 H(9) 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.72 3 13 7
34 219 85 Jul 8 CLE TBR L,6-7 7-7 H(10) 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.65 1 6 3
35 220 89 Jul 16 CLE @ TBR W,3-2 7-7 7 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.65 1 5 1
36 221 90 Jul 17 CLE @ TBR L,2-4 6-7 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40 4 14 8
37 222 91 Jul 18 CLE @ TBR W,10-6 7-7 0 0.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 5.70 2 11 5
38 223 93 Jul 20 CLE BAL L,2-10 8-8 1 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.52 5 22 14
39 224 94 Jul 21 CLE BAL L,1-3 8-8 0 0.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.46 3 10 5
40 225 98 Jul 25 CLE DET L,3-5 9-GF 3 0.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 5.34 3 21 13
41 226 101 Jul 28 CLE @ MIN L,5-12 8-GF(8) 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 5.45 5 22 15
42 227 102 Jul 29 CLE @ MIN L,1-5 7-GF(8) 0 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5.19 7 22 13
August Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
43 228 105 Aug 2 CLE @ KCR L,6-7 5-6 3 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.95 5 23 14
44 229 108 Aug 5 CLE @ DET L,8-10 6-6 2 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.86 2 5 3
45 230 109 Aug 6 CLE MIN L,3-14 6-6 0 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 4.97 5 21 13
46 231 110 Aug 7 CLE MIN L,5-7 7-7 H(11) 0 0.2 0 1 0 1 0 0 4.89 3 8 3
47 232 112 Aug 9 CLE BOS W,5-3 7-7 H(12) 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.76 2 7 5
48 233 119 Aug 17 CLE @ OAK L,4-6 7-7 7 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.69 2 7 6
49 234 122 Aug 20 CLE @ SEA L,3-5 7-8 2 1.1 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.75 6 24 17
50 235 125 Aug 24 CLE NYY L,1-3 6-6 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.64 4 14 9
51 236 127 Aug 26 CLE NYY L,2-4 6-6 1 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 4.74 4 15 13
52 237 129 Aug 28 CLE OAK L,0-7 5-6 1 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.57 6 31 20
53 238 131 Aug 30 CLE OAK L,7-12 7-7 1 0.2 0 1 1 4 0 0 4.70 6 34 15
September/October Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
54 239 139 Sep 8 CLE @ MIN L,0-3 7-7 8 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.60 3 9 7
55 240 140 Sep 9 CLE @ MIN L,7-8 7-7 BS(1) 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.56 2 5 4
56 241 146 Sep 15 CLE DET L,3-5 5-7 5 1.2 2 1 1 2 0 1 4.59 8 21 9
57 242 149 Sep 19 CLE MIN L,4-6 8-8 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 4 12 9
58 243 152 Sep 22 CLE @ KCR L,3-5 7-7 2 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.47 1 3 3
59 244 153 Sep 23 CLE @ KCR W,15-4 8-8 0 0.2 3 2 2 0 0 0 4.76 5 25 18
60 245 156 Sep 26 CLE @ CHW W,6-4 6-6 W(1-2) 2 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.73 1 3 1
61 246 158 Sep 29 CLE KCR L,6-7 7-7 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.64 3 14 10
62 247 159 Sep 30 CLE KCR W,15-3 7-8 0 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.53 5 21 13
63 248 162 Oct 3 CLE CHW L,0-9 5-6 2 1.1 1 0 0 1 3 0 4.42 6 22 14
CLE 55.0 47 29 27 23 51 9 4.42 233
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2012.

Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 25 CLE AL 2.93 46 8 0 40.0 27 16 13 5 25 48 146 6.1 1.1 5.6 10.8 1.92
2010 26 CLE AL 4.14 70 16 1 63.0 48 30 29 12 39 69 96 6.9 1.7 5.6 9.9 1.77
2011 27 CLE AL 3.03 69 17 0 62.1 45 22 21 10 24 57 130 6.5 1.4 3.5 8.2 2.38
2012 28 CLE AL 4.42 63 7 1 55.0 47 29 27 9 23 51 89 7.7 1.5 3.8 8.3 2.22
4 Yrs 3.68 248 48 2 220.1 167 97 90 36 111 225 109 6.8 1.5 4.5 9.2 2.03
162 Game Avg. 3.68 68 13 1 60 46 27 25 10 30 62 109 6.8 1.5 4.5 9.2 2.03
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2012.
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