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J.A. Happ | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

J.A. Happ pitched well, holding the Tigers to three runs in seven innings, but got a no-decision as the Mariners lost to the Tigers on Monday.

The three runs came early, as Ian Kinsler homered in the first inning and James McCann doubled in two runs in the second. Happ allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out two in the effort. The lefty now has a 4.12 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a 77/27 K/BB ratio over 102 2/3 innings. He'll try again to even out his 4-5 record over the weekend at home when the Mariners host the Blue Jays.
Jul 20 - 10:30 PM

Mariners recalled LHP J.A. Happ from High-A Bakersfield.

Happ will return to Seattle's rotation on Monday night against the Tigers. He was optioned to High-A ball on July 9 because the Mariners didn't need a fifth starter again until after the All-Star break. The 32-year-old left-hander owns an underwhelming 4-5 record, 4.14 ERA, and 1.38 WHIP in 17 starts this season.
Jul 20 - 1:06 PM

Mariners optioned LHP J.A. Happ to Class-A Bakersfield.

The Mariners won't need a fifth starter until after the All-Star break, so they'll utilize their roster better with an extra bench bat for a few games. Happ will be back with the club next weekend.
Jul 9 - 8:20 PM

J.A. Happ was yanked after allowing four runs over four innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Tigers.

Happ yielded seven hits and three walks in his four innings of work, and he was lucky to avoid taking his sixth loss of the season. After a strong start to the year, Happ is now 4-5 with a 4.14 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 17 starts. The start was his last before the All-Star break.
Jul 8 - 7:18 PM

J.A. Happ took the loss Saturday against the Angels, allowing four runs and five hits over seven innings.

The Angels got to him for two runs in the first and another two in the seventh. Happ has lost four straight and is winless in his last nine starts. The left-hander has received the eighth-lowest run support in the league this season (2.93). He'll try to get back on track Friday at Oakland.
Jun 27 - 10:30 PM

J.A. Happ was handed his fourth loss of the season on Sunday after allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings against the Astros.

Happ struck out four on the afternoon and issued a pair of walks. The Astros scratched out single runs in the first and second innings before scoring an unearned run in the fifth that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The southpaw has done a nice job in the Mariners rotation, sporting a 3.78 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 61/20 K/BB ratio across 78 2/3 frames. He'll take on the Angels in Anaheim his next time out on Saturday.
Jun 21 - 7:42 PM

J.A. Happ surrendered three runs over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

Happ arguably pitched better than his counterpart, Tim Lincecum, as he struck out five and walked two in the quality start, but Lincecum received credit for the win. The left-hander has been prone to the blow-up start this season (he's failed to go three innings twice in his last six outings) but overall has pitched pretty well with a 3.79 ERA and 57/18 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings. Happ gets the Astros this weekend.
Jun 16 - 7:13 PM

J.A. Happ struggled mightily in a loss to the Indians on Thursday afternoon, yielding four runs on six hits over just 2 1/3 innings.

Happ was coming off of seven innings of shutout ball against the Rays, but the southpaw couldn't find that sort of effectiveness in taking on the Indians. Happ was yanked from Thursday's outing after allowing three singles to open the third inning. He had already thrown 77 pitches by that point. On the whole he gave up six hits while striking out three and walking two. He holds a 3.72 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 52/16 K/BB ratio over 68 innings in the midst of what's been a relatively steady, if unspectacular, season to this point. A road date with the Giants is up next on the schedule.
Jun 11 - 2:54 PM

J.A. Happ tossed seven scoreless innings in a no-decision versus the Rays on Friday.

Happ struck out six, and his one walk on the night was intentional. His ERA had jumped from 2.98 to 3.70 over the course of his previous three outings, but it's back down to 3.31 now. He's just a streaming option in mixed leagues, but he's not a terrible play next week against the lefty heavy Indians.
Jun 6 - 1:20 AM

J.A. Happ registered a quality start but didn't factor in the decision Tuesday, allowing three runs over six innings against the Rays.

Happ gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing. He struck out three in the game. The southpaw hasn't won since May 9, but he still hasn't lost since April 17. Happ remains 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He'll try to get his next win Sunday against the Indians.
May 26 - 11:32 PM

J.A. Happ allowed four runs in two innings against the Orioles on Thursday.

Neither Happ nor Orioles starter Chris Tillman were long for this game, as the contest was delayed for a long stretch during the third inning. Rain or no, Happ started out terribly enough, allowing a two-out grand slam to Steve Pearce in the first inning. He struck out three and walked two in his short time on the mound. While his 3.61 ERA and 1.20 WHIP are fine, as is his 37/11 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings, owners should be cautioned that the last time Happ posted an ERA under 4.22 was in 2010. In his continued quest to defy his own history, Happ will take to the road for a start against the Rays in his next outing.
May 21 - 6:23 PM

J.A. Happ pitched seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Red Sox.

Happ struck out just three and got 11 flyball outs, versus six on the ground. It's not exactly how one would draw it up, but it worked for him tonight, and he brought his ERA down to 2.98. He'll face the Orioles in Baltimore next time out, so if he gives up as many flyballs again, odds are that one or two will leave the yard.
May 16 - 12:54 AM

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