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J.A. Happ | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Northwestern
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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J.A. Happ struck out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Blue Jays' defeat of the Pirates.
Happ scattered three walks and four hits over his six impressive frames. The one run against him came on an RBI single by David Freese in the top of the first. Happ has now pitched well in four straight outings and has lowered his season ERA to 3.63 in the process. He'll try to keep it all working next time out at Wrigley Field. Aug 13 - 4:04 PM

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J.A. Happ pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

Happ pitched around four walks in this one. He's pitched well his last three times out to get his ERA back down to 3.77. There's been no word yet on whether he's cleared waivers and become a possibility for a trade. The Jays want to contend next year and have him for a reasonable $13 million, so it'd take a substantial return to pry him away.
Aug 8 - 10:22 PM

J.A. Happ struck out 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Blue Jays' 5-1 defeat of the White Sox.

Happ cruised through Chicago's patchwork lineup, scattering six hits and a walk while racking up double-digit punchouts for the first time in 2017. The one run against him came on an RBI single by Leury Garcia in the bottom of the sixth. Happ is now 4-8 on the year with a 3.92 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 80/24 K/BB ratio in 85 innings. Up next is a start at home against the Yankees.
Aug 2 - 5:29 PM

J.A. Happ logged a quality start in Friday's loss to the Angels, allowing three runs on five hits over his six innings.

Happ also issued four free passes while striking out five in the ballgame. The Angels scratched out a pair of runs in the second inning and added another in the fourth, but Happ was able to limit the damage otherwise. He'll bring a 4.15 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the White Sox in Chicago.
Jul 28 - 10:40 PM

J.A. Happ was pounded for seven earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Indians.

Cleveland pounced for four runs in the bottom of the first inning on three singles, a walk, and a bases-clearing double by Brandon Guyer. Happ settled in a bit from there, but the damage was done and opposing starter Corey Kluber flat-out dominated Toronto's lineup. Happ will carry a 3-7 record and 4.13 ERA into his next outing at home versus the Angels.
Jul 23 - 4:06 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers are one of multiple teams that are interested in J.A. Happ, but the Blue Jays are "highly unlikely" to trade him.

Rosenthal says that the Jays "plan to compete" in 2018, and Happ is under contract next year for a very reasonable $13 million. That would seem to indicate a trade of Josh Donaldson is also unlikely given that he's also under team control next year. Happ has posted a 3.54 ERA and 60/14 K/BB ratio over 61 innings for the Blue Jays this season.
Jul 16 - 3:13 PM

J.A. Happ struggled in Sunday’s loss to Houston, yielding seven hits, six runs (two earned) and three walks over four sluggish innings.

He notched two strikeouts while throwing 47 of his 82 pitches for strikes. The Astros did most of their damage off Happ during a five-run second inning, pounding Happ for four hits in the frame including three homers. Three of the runs came after a costly throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson. After logging a career-best 20 wins a season ago, Happ will finish the first half with just three.
Jul 9 - 5:06 PM

J.A. Happ fired six innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday.

The only damage was a long home run off the bat of Aaron Judge, so really, join the club there. The southpaw gave up four hits in all while striking out six and walking a pair. He now owns a 1.99 ERA and 30/5 K/BB ratio over his last five starts.
Jul 4 - 4:43 PM

J.A. Happ allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

Happ allowed eight hits and walked two but did well to limit the damage, keeping his team in the game until the end. Unfortunately for the southpaw, the Jays couldn't muster any offense to get him a win, instead dropping him to 2-5. Happ owns a decent 3.71 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in nine starts. The 34-year-old will try to get back in the win column Tuesday at the Yankees.
Jun 29 - 9:40 PM

J.A. Happ was handed a no-decision after tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Royals on Friday.

The lone run scored on a Salvador Perez single in his final inning of work. The southpaw gave up just four hits while walking none and striking out five. He left in position for the victory, but the bullpen coughed up the lead in the ninth. Happ has looked a lot more like himself over his last three outings. He’ll try to keep it going in a tough assignment against the Yankees in New York next week.
Jun 24 - 1:04 AM

J.A. Happ held the White Sox to three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday to earn his second win.

Happ looked really sharp until the top of the fifth, when the White Sox plated three runs on four singles. The left-hander struck out nine and didn't issue a walk while moving to 2-4 on the season with a 4.26 ERA and 44/7 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. He'll get the Royals on the road next.
Jun 18 - 4:20 PM

J.A. Happ allowed six hits and a walk over six scoreless innings while posting eight strikeouts in a victory Sunday in Seattle.

Happ lopped off over one full run from his ERA, going from 5.33 to 4.31 after the quality start. It was also Happ's first win of the season, and it appeared to be a difficult matchup considering his counterpart, James Paxton, entered with a 5-0 record. Happ finally showed the form that made him a 20-game winner a season ago, throwing 64 of his 105 pitches for strikes.
Jun 12 - 12:07 AM

J.A. Happ gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the A's.

Ryon Healy ruined Happ's night, driving in all five runs with a pair of homers. It's the fourth time in five starts this year that Happ has given up two homers; the only time it didn't happen was the outing he left with an injury on April 16. Happ managed to win 20 games while giving up 22 homers in 195 innings last season, but one homer every three innings isn't going to cut it. He gets Seattle next.
Jun 6 - 1:31 AM

J.A. Happ yielded two runs in four innings against the Reds in his return from the disabled list Tuesday.

Zack Cozart and Joey Votto hit back-to-back homers in the first, but that was the only damage off Happ. He did walk three and throw 81 pitches in four innings, which is why he didn't last long. He'll get sharper if he remains healthy.
May 30 - 10:41 PM

Blue Jays activated LHP J.A. Happ from the 10-day disabled list.

Happ will make his return to the Blue Jays' rotation Tuesday night against the Reds, albeit on a limited pitch count. The southpaw has been sidelined since mid-April with left elbow inflammation. He had a 4.50 ERA through three starts prior to landing on the disabled list.
May 30 - 3:21 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Miguel Montero
3Luke Maile
4Rafael Lopez
5Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Darwin Barney
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Nori Aoki
3Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Cesar Valdez
6Nick Tepesch
7Chris Rowley
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Ryan Tepera
3J.P. Howell
4Aaron Loup
5Dominic Leone
6Danny Barnes
7Matt Dermody
8Bo Schultz
9Tim Mayza