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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 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

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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

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

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2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
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LF1Michael Saunders
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2Marcus Stroman
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