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J.A. Happ | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Northwestern
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / PHI
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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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J.A. Happ was charged with three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the A's.

Everything was going pretty well for Happ until the bottom of the sixth inning, when with one out on the board Marcus Semien homered, Danny Valencia singled, and Khris Davis drew a walk. Happ was lifted and Jesse Chavez promptly gave up a two-run double to Yonder Alonso. The lefty walked just one and struck out five. He will carry a 12-3 record, 3.34 ERA, and 1.19 WHIP into his next start at home against the Mariners.
Jul 17 - 7:29 PM

J.A. Happ struck out nine over 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Tigers on Friday, earning his 12th victory of the season.

The southpaw allowed six hits and walked one in the ballgame. Happ was able to keep the potent Tigers offense off-balance all evening, generating countless swinging strikes on high fastballs. He finishes a brilliant first half with a 12-3 record, 3.36 ERA and 89/32 K/BB ratio over 112 1/3 innings.
Jul 8 - 10:34 PM

J.A. Happ was stupendous in Sunday's 17-1 win over the Indians, striking out 11 and allowing just one run over seven innings.

Yan Gomes worked an RBI single off Happ in the seventh inning, but it failed to have any sort of impact on final score, as it only pulled the Indians to within 13-1. Needless to say, Happ had a bit of breathing room in this one. He finished his seven innings of work having thrown 101 pitches (65 strikes). With this strong outing in the books, he will bring a solid 3.54 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 80/31 K/BB ratio (106 2/3 innings) into a home start against the Tigers to close out his first half.
Jul 3 - 4:20 PM

J.A. Happ surrendered two runs on six hits over five innings in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Happ struck out eight and walked four on the afternoon. With all of that action under his belt, he had already thrown 99 pitches (57 strikes) through five innings. The veteran southpaw will carry a 3.42 ERA and 1.19 WHIP into a road start against the Rockies next time he takes the mound.
Jun 22 - 7:37 PM

J.A. Happ allowed only an unearned run over seven innings in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Happ allowed three hits and walked two while striking out five in the dominant victory. The win moved him to 8-3 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 14 starts this year. The southpaw is on track for yet another interleague matchup when the Jays face off against the Diamondbacks next Wednesday.
Jun 16 - 11:41 PM

J.A. Happ earned his seventh victory of the season on Saturday, surrendering four runs on eight hits over seven frames against the Orioles.

Happ struck out five and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came via the longball, with Joey Rickard and Manny Machado belting solo home runs and Chris Davis adding a two-run shot. He'll carry a 3.70 ERA and 1.19 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Jun 11 - 4:16 PM

J.A. Happ was lit up for six runs over five innings of work in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Happ has been defying the odds this season with his low strikeout rate, but the Tigers didn't let him off the hook in this one. He gave up six hits and walked a pair on the night while recording just three strikeouts. The left-hander has now had two blow-up starts in his last five tries, so perhaps a regression to the mean is finally occurring. Happ gets the Orioles this weekend.
Jun 6 - 11:46 PM

J.A. Happ spun six innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Yankees.

He struck out only three while walking two, but Happ also yielding just four hits and kept the Bombers off the scoreboard other than an RBI fielder's choice in the second inning. He faced the Yanks two starts in a row and held them to one run both times. Happ's 45 strikeouts over 70 2/3 frames don't do anything for you, but he's posted a quality start in 10 of 11 tries this season. The southpaw gets the Tigers and Orioles next week.
May 31 - 10:27 PM

J.A. Happ allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings Thursday in a victory over the Yankees.

We could call this a renaissance for Happ, but that would suggest he was ever very good in the first place. He's 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA so far this year. His 42/20 K/BB ratio through 64 2/3 innings isn't particularly impressive, but he's getting a few more grounders and doing a better job of avoiding the home run ball than he used to.
May 26 - 7:32 PM

J.A. Happ suffered his second loss of the season on Saturday, surrendering three runs on three hits over his 7 1/3 innings of work.

Happ struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. He cruised through seven shutout innings without any issues, but everything fell apart for him in the eighth. Robbie Grossman led off with a single and Darin Mastroianni walked, both riding home on a two-run double by Danny Santana that chased Happ. He'll look to get back on track when he carries a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Red Sox.
May 21 - 4:35 PM

J.A. Happ was pummeled for eight runs across just two-plus frames in Monday's loss to the Rays.

It seemed like one of these outings had to come eventually for Happ, who nearly doubled his runs allowed total with the clunker. The left-hander gave up seven hits -- including a pair of longballs -- while walking one. Happ had been posting a sub-2.00 ERA since August of last season, but his strikeouts are down and walks up in 2016. It wouldn't be a surprise if more poor showings are coming. He'll take on the Twins this weekend.
May 16 - 11:17 PM

J.A. Happ was stupendous in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Giants, firing 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

Happ came within one out of the vaunted complete game shutout, but alas, it was not to be. With two outs in the ninth inning, he allowed a single to Hunter Pence, then walked Brandon Belt. Manager John Gibbons subsequently relieved him of duty. Neither runner would score. For the evening, Happ struck out five and walked three. The win bumped his record to a shiny 5-0. He will carry a strong 2.05 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home tango with the Rays.
May 11 - 12:54 AM

J.A. Happ limited the Rangers to one run over seven innings in a win Thursday.

Happ scattered six hits and a walk while striking out five. He was much better than he needed to be, as his teammates provided him with 12 runs of support. Happ still hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his six starts, improving to 4-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Happ will go back to his National League roots Tuesday when he takes on the Giants in San Francisco.
May 5 - 9:47 PM

J.A. Happ allowed three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in Saturday's no-decision against the Rays.

Happ pitched into the seventh and was an out away from getting through the inning with a one-run lead, but Logan Forsythe's solo home run tied the game and ended Happ's day. The southpaw walked three while striking out seven in the game. He's registered a quality start in each of his five starts this season, posting a 2.76 ERA overall. Happ will next take on the Rangers on Thursday.
Apr 30 - 9:30 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Aaron Sanchez
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Franklin Morales
7Jesse Chavez
8Gavin Floyd