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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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J.A. Happ defeated the Athletics to improve to 3-0 on the season on Saturday, allowing three runs on seven hits over his seven innings.

The veteran southpaw walked one and struck out one on the night. He allowed single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings, including a solo homer by Mark Canha in the first inning. He has been terrific through his first four starts, compiling a 2.42 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 13/6 K/BB ratio over 26 innings. He'll take on the Rays his next time out in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 4:03 PM

J.A. Happ tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Blue Jays' 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

Happ limited the Red Sox to four hits on Patriots' Day at Fenway Park, issuing just one walk and striking out four. He's off to a terrific start with Toronto and boasts a 1.86 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings since meeting Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage last July. The veteran lefty had a 4.75 ERA and 1.43 WHIP between 2011-2014. He'll try to keep the magic working next time out versus Oakland.
Apr 18 - 2:27 PM

J.A. Happ only allowed one run in six innings of work against the Yankees on Wednesday, picking up his first win of the season.

Happ hasn't exactly kept the bases clean. Despite allowing 14 hits and four walks in just 12 innings of work, though, he has managed to only let two baserunners cross home plate. Consequently, the lefty's 2.25 ERA is nice, of course, but the underlying numbers hint of some major regression hiding around the corner. His 6.00 K/9 and 3.00 BB/9 isn't a good combination for a non-ground-ball pitcher in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
Apr 13 - 11:24 PM

J.A. Happ scattered seven hits and two runs over six innings Wednesday against the Rays.

His line included four strikeouts and one walk. Happ could have been sharper but he kept the damage to a minimum by working out of a few jams. He came out after throwing just 89 pitches. Happ never solved Steven Souza (three hits including a home run) but he did a good job keeping the rest of Tampa's lineup in check. Happ’s next outing is scheduled for Wednesday against the Yankees.
Apr 6 - 4:12 PM

J.A. Happ fanned four over four innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox in his final Grapefruit League tune-up on Friday.

The 33-year-old hurler has pitched well this spring, compiling a 3.07 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 14 2/3 innings. If he can carry over the gains that he made late in the 2015 season under the tutelage of Ray Searage, he could be a nice target in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Apr 2 - 12:09 AM

Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million contract.

The 33-year-old southpaw, helped by the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage, posted a 1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings down the stretch after a mid-season trade to the Pirates. Happ returns to Toronto where he previously pitched from 2012-2014 and his fantasy outlook takes a hit as a result, even with the prospect of generous run support. Still, Happ adds another quality arm to the back of what is becoming a deep and talented starting rotation.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 07:58:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 06:48:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 10:49:00 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.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 01:20:00 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.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 09:58:00 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.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 11:18:00 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.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 12:15:00 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.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:21:00 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.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 11:20:00 PM

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C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
3Matt Dominguez
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Drew Storen
2Roberto Osuna
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Ryan Tepera
10Joe Biagini