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J.A. Happ | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Northwestern
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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J.A. Happ surrendered four hits, two runs and one walk over five innings of work Saturday in a loss to the Indians in Game 2 of the ALCS.
He also collected four strikeouts. Happ didn’t pitch badly. He just wasn’t as good as Josh Tomlin, who was lights out for the Indians on Saturday. Carlos Santana clobbered an off-speed pitch from Happ in the second inning and promptly deposited it into the left field bleachers for a solo home run. Happ issued another run in the third inning and also committed a throwing error on a pick-off attempt in the fifth, though he escaped without allowing a run. The left-hander would likely start Game 6 for the Blue Jays, if there is one. Oct 15 - 7:31 PM

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J.A. Happ gave up nine hits and one walks but held the Rangers to one run over five-plus innings in Friday's 5-3 ALDS Game 2 win.

The Rangers had baserunners galore versus Happ, but all hits the left-hander gave up were singles and he managed to limit the damage for the most part. He had thrown 84 pitches when he surrendered a leadoff single to Ryan Rua in the sixth inning, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided that that was enough. The Jays' bullpen yielded a couple runs the rest of the way but managed to close out the victory. It will be Colby Lewis versus Aaron Sanchez in Game 3 on Sunday in Toronto as the Blue Jays go for the sweep.
Oct 7 - 5:31 PM

J.A. Happ held the Red Sox to two runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision.

Happ was uncharacteristically wild in the outing, walking five for the first time this season. He also struck out just one, just the second time he's done that in 32 starts. With the no-decision, Happ's regular season ends with a 20-4 record, 3.18 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. The 33-year-old won't be back in time for a potential Wild Card game on Tuesday, but if the Jays advance, he lines up as the club's Game 1 starter in an ALDS series.
Oct 2 - 12:10 AM

J.A. Happ was terrific in a no-decision Monday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- over 7 1/3 innings against the Yankees.

Happ recorded only two strikeouts, but he also walked just one while giving up six hits. The left-hander lost out on his 21st win of the season when the Yankees got to the Blue Jays' bullpen in the ninth. Happ has now gone four straight starts having not allowed more than two runs. He'll get the Red Sox this weekend to close out his regular season.
Sep 26 - 10:48 PM

J.A. Happ allowed two runs on six hits over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Happ struck out eight and walked one on the evening. He surrendered a two-run triple to Robinson Cano in the third inning, but his mates would strike back for eight runs in the top of the fourth to help him improve to 20-4. The veteran southpaw will carry a 3.28 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 160/54 K/BB ratio (182 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Yankees next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 21 - 1:55 AM

J.A. Happ tossed a strong six-plus innings in Thursday's win over the Angels, surrendering just two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Happ struck out three and walked three on the evening. The Angels couldn't manage a run against him through the first six innings, but after he trotted back out to start the seventh, they finally managed to crack him courtesy of a two-run home run by Andrelton Simmons. For the season, the veteran southpaw has pitched to a smooth 3.27 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 152/53 K/BB ratio across 176 1/3 frames. A road start against the Mariners shows next on his schedule.
Sep 16 - 1:27 AM

J.A. Happ twirled six-plus innings of two-run ball on Saturday, defeating the Red Sox to earn his 18th victory of the season.

Happ allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five. He surrendered a solo homer to Dustin Pedroia in the sixth inning, then allowed the leadoff man to reach in the seventh who came around to score after Happ had departed. He has been a godsend to the Jays rotation this season, posting a 3.33 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 149/50 K/BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Angels his next time out in Los Angeles on Friday.
Sep 10 - 4:30 PM

J.A. Happ labored through Sunday's no-decision against the Rays, throwing 85 pitches and surrendering three runs over 2 2/3 innings.

Happ walked two during his short time on the mound, throwing just 50 of his 85 pitches for strikes. The Rays scored a pair of runs in the first inning and one more in the second before Happ was banished from the mound. This wasn't a particularly sharp outing -- it was his second shortest of the season -- but the veteran southpaw has pitched to a crisp 3.34 ERA and 1.18 WHIP (27 starts) overall. A home start against the Red Sox shows next on his schedule.
Sep 4 - 4:32 PM

J.A. Happ notched a quality start in taking a no-decision Tuesday, yielding three runs over 6 1/3 frames in a loss to the Orioles.

He served up a pair of home runs in the fifth inning but was able to hold the O's down otherwise. Happ did record only three strikeouts on the evening, which was his lowest total since June. He hasn't picked up a win in back-to-back starts, which hadn't happened since his last start of May and first of June. Happ gets the Yankees and Red Sox next week.
Aug 30 - 10:00 PM

J.A. Happ allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Angels on Thursday.

Happ allowed six hits and a walk, taking a loss for the first time since June 6. He's now had two consecutive starts where he's allowed four runs, not a worrisome development but a few chinks in the armor in what has been a stellar year for the southpaw. Happ is now 17-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 25 starts. He'll try to get back in the win column Tuesday against the Orioles.
Aug 25 - 10:58 PM

J.A. Happ yielded four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.

Happ wasn't at his sharpest, surrendering three home runs, but he did strike out nine and he managed to collect his 17th win of the season with the help of the Blue Jays' offensive attack. Happ's ERA is back up in the 3.00s (3.05) after dipping down to 2.96 following his six scoreless innings of work last week against the Rays. He is probably going to get some Cy Young votes if he can finish the season strong.
Aug 17 - 4:07 PM

J.A. Happ tossed six scoreless innings while fanning seven as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 7-0 on Wednesday.

Happ has been one of the biggest surprises of the season on the mound. Today's gem boosted his record to 16-3 and lowered his ERA under three to 2.96 after 23 starts. After never winning more than 12 games in his 10-year career he has a very realistic shot at 20 wins this season.
Aug 10 - 10:58 PM

J.A. Happ held the Astros to one run over six innings to earn the win in a 4-1 Blue Jays victory on Thursday.

Happ scattered four hits and a walk while striking out six on the evening. The win was his American League-leading 15th of the year, and the southpaw hasn't lost a game in nearly two months. It's likely to go down as a career year in a number of facets for the 33-year-old, whose previous single-season high for wins was 12. Happ will try to keep it rolling Tuesday against the Rays.
Aug 4 - 11:20 PM

J.A. Happ delivered a brilliant outing in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, punching out 11 over seven innings of one-run ball.

Happ allowed just three hits and three walks on the day. His lone mistake came on an 0-2 pitch to Pedro Alvarez in the second inning that caught too much of the plate and was deposited into the seats in right field. Happ has been a tremendous addition to the Blue Jays rotation this season, posting a 13-3 record with a 3.16 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Thursday.
Jul 30 - 4:27 PM

J.A. Happ was inconsistently on-point in Sunday's win over the Mariners, walking four over six shutout innings.

Happ threw just 54 of his 103 pitches for strikes, but he counteracted his inefficiency in the zone by allowing just one hit over his six innings of work. He also struck out six. With the win, the veteran southpaw improved to 13-3. Over his last four starts (24 1/3 innings), Happ has surrendered just four runs. He will try to keep up the nice roll when he brings his 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 100/37 K/BB ratio (20 starts) into a home showdown with the Orioles next Saturday.
Jul 24 - 3:40 PM

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