J.A. Happ

#33 SP / Toronto Blue Jays / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 205 lb Age: 35 College: Northwestern Bats/Throws -/-

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Shines in win over Red Sox

      J.A. Happ (10-11) struck out nine over seven sharp innings in Tuesday's 9-4 win over Boston, giving up just a single run on four hits without a walk.This pitching matchup looked tilted Boston's way with ace Chris Sale taking the mound, but Happ's hitters got to his fellow lefty for four homers. With only four games left in their season, the Jays won't send Happ to the mound again in 2017, so he'll finish with a 3.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 142:46 K:BB in 145.1 innings -- solid numbers for a guy who didn't come at a premium on draft day and missed time to injury.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Takes loss in 1-0 defeat

      J.A. Happ (9-11) took the tough-luck loss Thursday against the Royals despite allowing only one run on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 6.2 innings.The only damage against Happ was a third-inning RBI single off the bat of Melky Cabrera, but that was enough to stick the southpaw with a loss as Toronto's offense failed to break through against Kansas City's Jason Vargas. This outing ended a three-game winning streak for Happ, who has also tossed quality starts in four of his past five outings while coming up just one out short of reaching that achievement in his lone failure. He'll look to get back in the win column Tuesday at Fenway Park in what will likely be his final start of the season.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Finding increased success with fastball

      J.A. Happ ranks fifth among MLB starters this season in swinging-strike rate on four-seam fastballs (minimum 750 thrown), at 12.5 percent, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. That rate more than doubles, to 27.3 percent, when Happ gets his four-seamer to the upper-third of the strike zone.Now in his 11th MLB season, the veteran's average fastball clocks in at 92.9 mph -- that's more than a tick up from his career average of 91.8 mph. Happ serves his heater on 42.8 percent of pitches this year, matching the lowest frequency rate of his career from 2010, and well below his 51.1 percent career average. A major reason for the effectiveness of his fastball has been the rebirth of his changeup, a pitch he used on 11.5 percent of deliveries in 2017, his highest usage rate over the last four seasons. The 34-year-old got injured in the first half and had a 5.33 ERA upon his June 5 activation, but has since returned to form with a 9-6 record and a 3.39 ERA over 18 starts.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Picks up ninth win against Twins

      J.A. Happ (9-10) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts through 6.1 innings to earn the win Friday over the Twins.Happ has now tossed quality starts in three of his last four outings, a stretch in which he is 3-0 despite a mediocre 19:10 K:BB. Happ's ERA sits at 3.76 and he is looking like a strong bet to finish his third consecutive season with at least 125 innings pitched and an ERA below 4.00.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Delivers stellar outing in win

      J.A. Happ (8-10) earned the win Sunday over six innings of work, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out nine.Toronto would prevail 8-2 over the Tigers as Happ took advantage of a cupcake matchup to win his second straight decision. The southpaw now holds a solid 3.73 ERA on the year with 8.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 across 125.1 frames. He'll take those into a scheduled Friday outing at the Twins.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Picks up win over Red Sox

      J.A. Happ (7-10) allowed three runs (but just one earned) on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings and took home the win Monday against Boston.If it wasn't for his own throwing error in the second inning, Happ likely would have cruised to his second straight quality start. But that hiccup forced him to face seven batters in the frame, which was a major contributor to his massive pitch count -- he threw 105 pitches before he was pulled in the sixth. Happ managed to keep the floodgates closed by keeping the ball in the yard; he has now given up just one home run in his past eight starts, a stretch in which he owns a 3.42 ERA.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Provides quality start in Wednesday's no-decision

      J.A. Happ gave up only one run on four hits and four walks over six innings Wednesday while striking out two, but he came away with a no-decision in a 7-1 loss to the Red Sox.The Jays bullpen folded like a bad poker hand as soon as Happ exited the game, but after throwing 105 pitches (63 strikes) he may not have fared any better had he stayed on the mound. The veteran lefty rebounded nicely from his last two starts, in which he gave up 10 runs over 11 innings, and he finishes the month of August with a solid 3.53 ERA. He'll face off against the Red Sox once again Monday, this time at Fenway Park.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Fans seven in Friday loss

      J.A. Happ (6-10) allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings to take the loss Friday against the Twins.Happ started the game with a pair of scoreless innings, but things went downhill quickly after he allowed three runs in the third, leading to his 10th loss of the season. After allowing just one earned run in three consecutive starts, he's allowed 10 runs over his last 11 innings covering two starts to raise his ERA from 3.63 to 4.09. Lately, he's pitched either extremely well or very poorly, making him a very volatile fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Strikes out eight in loss to Cubs

      J.A. Happ (6-9) gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out eight over five innings in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday.This was Happ's worst start in about a month, but it wasn't all that bad by any means. He didn't allow much hard contact; rather, he was done in by some misfortune on balls in play, with seven of the nine hits against him falling for singles. Happ had posted a 3.79 ERA and 33:17 K:BB in his first six starts coming out of the All-Star break.

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      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Secures win against Pirates

      J.A. Happ (6-8) picked up the win against the Pirates on Sunday. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight over six innings.Happ scattered just four hits on the day -- all singles -- en route to his third consecutive winning decision. Though he's struggled with his command at times this season, the 34-year-old southpaw has proven himself to be a fairly reliable starting pitching option who has flashed impressive strikeout ability from time-to-time. He'll enter his upcoming scheduled start against the Cubs on Friday with a solid 3.63 ERA to his name.