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J.A. Happ | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Northwestern
Contract: view contract details

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J.A. Happ struck out seven batters over six scoreless innings on Sunday as the Pirates defeated the Reds to claim home field advantage in the National League Wild Card game against the Cubs.
Happ allowed just three hits and three walks on the impressive afternoon. He has been outstanding in his time with the Pirates, going 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. Once considered more of a luxury addition at the trade deadline, Happ has played a major role for this Pirates team and will be counted on heading into the postseason. Oct 4 - 6:48 PM

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J.A. Happ tossed six shutout innings, but took a no-decision as the Pirates fell to the Cardinals on Monday.

Happ was met zero-for-zero by opposing starter Lance Lynn. The lefty held the Cardinals to one hit while walking none and striking out four. Since joining the Pirates under the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage, Happ has a 2.04 ERA with a 62/10 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings. He starts next at home against the Reds.
Sep 28 - 10:49 PM

J.A. Happ allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Happ gave up seven hits, including a Wilin Rosario home run, but he also fanned eight in the outing. The win improved him to 6-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in nine starts since being dealt to the Pirates, and Happ is 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA overall. A big matchup with the Cubs looms for Happ on Sunday.
Sep 23 - 1:20 AM

J.A. Happ gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings and lost to the Cubs on Tuesday in the second game of a double-header.

Happ allowed an RBI single to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning and an RBI double to Dexter Fowler in the fifth. They were two of eight hits he served up along with two walks and eight strikeouts. The lefty continues to pitch will in a Pirates uniform, standing with a 1.96 ERA and a 50/9 K/BB ratio over 46 innings. He'll look to keep it going in a road start versus the Dodgers.
Sep 15 - 9:58 PM

J.A. Happ moved to 5-1 for the Pirates after allowing two runs in six innings Wednesday against the Reds.

Happ struck out 10 for the fourth time in his career. He has a 1.79 ERA in seven starts for the Pirates after coming in at 4.64 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance for the Mariners. He'll face the Cubs next time out.
Sep 9 - 11:18 PM

J.A. Happ was superb in Friday's 9-3 win over the Cardinals, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

Happ turned in a fantastic start, no caveats. He threw 72 of his 110 pitches for strikes, struck out eight and allowed just three singles over his seven inning of work. Since joining the Pirates in early August, Happ's been brilliant, surrendering just six runs over 34 1/3 innings. That works out to a 1.57 ERA. He'll try to continue this unexpected run of extreme competence in a road start against the Reds next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 5 - 12:15 AM

J.A. Happ limited the damage in Saturday's win over the Rockies, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

Happ scattered five hits while striking out two and walking one, with the only run scoring on a Charlie Blackmon RBI fielder's choice in the third inning. In five starts with the Pirates, he's pitched to a 1.98 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. His upcoming road start against the Cardinals figures to represent a worthy challenge to those strong numbers.
Aug 29 - 10:21 PM

J.A. Happ held the Marlins scoreless in six innings of work to earn the win on Monday.

Happ scattered four hits (all singles) and a walk while striking out six. It's his third straight solid outing out of the four he's made since the Pirates acquired him from the Mariners. The lefty holds a 2.08 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings in a Pirates uniform. Happ will look for more of the same when he faces the Rockies in a home start in his next outing.
Aug 24 - 11:20 PM

J.A. Happ fired six scoreless innings, earning the win against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

The lefty limited the opposition to two hits -- both singles -- and two walks while striking out three. Happ's last two starts with the Pirates have been solid, providing some stability at the back end of the rotation. Including his time with the Mariners, he has a 4.42 ERA across 24 starts. He'll look to keep rolling next week in Miami against the Marlins.
Aug 19 - 10:01 PM

J.A. Happ pitched well in a Friday no-decision against the Mets, allowing one run on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Happ struck out seven while walking just one. He pitched well enough for the win, but faced a game Bartolo Colon and the contest remained deadlocked at 1-1 at the time he exited the proceedings. This was Happ's second start since being dealt to the Pirates. Prior to the trade, he held a 4.64 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 108 2/3 innings for the Mariners. He'll match up at home with the Diamondbacks in his next scheduled outing.
Aug 14 - 11:15 PM

The Pirates will skip J.A. Happ's next turn in the rotation.

The club will use an off day to start both Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano on regular rest in next week's big series versus the Cardinals. Happ was knocked around for four runs in 4 1/3 innings versus the Cubs this week in his Pirates debut.
Aug 7 - 4:04 PM

J.A. Happ lost in his Pirates debut, serving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings versus the Cubs on Tuesday.

Happ just didn't have much working, as he allowed 10 base runners on 10 hits and two walks and uncorked a wild pitch before departing with one out in the fifth. He did strike out six batters, something he'd only done five other times in 21 starts this year. Combined with his time with the Mariners, Happ now has a 4.78 ERA and has to face the Cardinals on the road in his next start.
Aug 4 - 10:34 PM

Pirates acquired LHP J.A. Happ from the Mariners in exchange for RHP Adrian Sampson.

Happ holds a 4.64 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 108 2/3 innings this season. Despite those underwhelming numbers, he'll enter the club's rotation. A.J. Burnett (elbow) is headed to the disabled list.
Jul 31 - 4:46 PM

J.A. Happ was lifted after giving up seven runs -- six earned -- in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Twins.

Happ should be pretty much done as a starter after this. It's just too bad Vidal Nuno can't replace him right now, since he's not stretched out at all. Happ is 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA, and the Mariners have lost 10 of his last 11 starts.
Jul 31 - 1:16 AM

J.A. Happ didn't make it out of the second inning Saturday in the Mariners' loss to Toronto.

Happ walked four and was officially charged with three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The veteran left-hander owns an ugly 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 78/31 K/BB ratio in 104 1/3 total frames this year for Seattle.
Jul 25 - 7:46 PM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Michael Morse
3Josh Bell
4Jake Goebbert
2B1Neil Walker
2Gift Ngoepe
3Maxwell Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Pedro Florimon
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Keon Broxton
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Harold Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Charlie Morton
4J.A. Happ
5Tyler Glasnow
6Allen Webster
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Arquimedes Caminero
3Tony Watson
4Jared Hughes
5Rob Scahill
6Bobby LaFromboise
7Jorge Rondon