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Team W-L L10 STRK
22-13 5-5 W1
19-15 5-5 W2
15-19 5-5 W2
13-20 4-6 W2
9-26 6-4 L2

2022 Batting

Batting Average
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .260 2 15 .745 2

Top Ian Happ News

  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Drives in two Monday

    Happ went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Monday's win over the Padres.

    Though the Cubs are struggling at 10-18, Happ has been steadily producing all season, as he now has a .277 batting average, .794 OPS and 14 RBI across 26 games. The outfielder has been able to cut down on the strikeouts and he's making more consistent contact at the plate, as his average would represent a new career best if it holds up all year.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: On bench for matinee

    Happ isn't starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

    Happ will get his first game off since April 22 after he went 2-for-15 with a run, five walks and six strikeouts over the last five matchups. Patrick Wisdom will shift to left field while Jonathan Villar starts at third base.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Reaches twice, scores Tuesday

    Happ went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    The Cubs struggled to get much going against Michael Kopech and a host of relievers, but Happ continued his strong start to the season. The outfielder is now batting .304 with an .859 OPS across 22 games, and he has 12 runs scored and 11 RBI. Happ looks primed for a solid year as a focal point of Chicago's attack, and his average is particularly promising after he hit just .226 in 2021 with a strikeout rate just under 30 percent. The 27-year-old has trimmed that to under 19 percent so far this season.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: On base three times Wednesday

    Happ went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's 6-3 extra-inning win over Atlanta.

    The 27-year-old switch hitter has reached base in nine straight games as he continues to enjoy a fantastic start to the season. Happ is slashing .340/.446/.509 through 65 plate appearances with two homers, 11 runs and 11 RBI, and he's found a home in the heart of the Cubs' order against right-handed pitching.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Homers in loss

    Happ went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta.

    Happ's third-inning home run, his second of the season, was all the offense the Cubs got in the 3-1 defeat. The outfielder is off to a nice start with a .333 batting average, .943 OPS and those two long balls across 16 games. If Happ sustains the OPS, it will be a new career high, surpassing the .897 figure he posted in 2019.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Connects for first home run

    Happ went 1-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.

    Happ connected for his first home run of the season in the eighth inning, but the two walks may be just as encouraging, especially because he didn't have any strikeouts. The outfielder is striking out less than 20 percent of the time this year, which is a nice improvement from the 29.2 percent strikeout rate he posted in 2021. If Happ can be more disciplined at the plate and make more regular contact, a big season could be in store.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Big effort in blowout win

    Happ went 3-for-6 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Happ had the good fortune of batting cleanup in a 21-0 romp for the Cubs. The outfielder was in the middle of the action, and he pushed his OPS for the season to a solid .823, to go along with eight runs scored and eight RBI. Happ will remain a solid fantasy asset batting in the middle of the Chicago order, though he can be a bit streaky due to his strikeouts.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Not starting Friday

    Happ isn't starting Friday's game against the Pirates.

    Happ will get a breather after going 3-for-12 with two runs, an RBI and two walks in his last four appearances. Patrick Wisdom will start in left field and bat fifth.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Takes seat Sunday

    Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

    The Cubs will give Clint Frazier a look in left field in the series finale in Colorado while Happ takes a seat following a stretch of five consecutive starts. During that span, Happ went 4-for-18 with two walks, an RBI and no other counting statistics.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Collects hit, walk

    Happ went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Happ started the season on fire with three straight multi-hit games, and while he's gone just 2-for-11 over his last three contests, he remains one of the best hitters for the Cubs in the opening days of the campaign. He's hitting .429 so far.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Back in action

    Happ (knee) will bat eighth and play left field Tuesday against Pittsburgh.

    Happ was hit by a pitch in his left knee Saturday and didn't participate in Sunday's game, but his X-rays were negative, so it's no surprise to see him back in action two days later. He got off to a very strong start in the first two games of the year, reaching base seven times without striking out once and driving in four runs while scoring three more.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Happ (knee) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Brewers.

    Happ had X-rays come back negative after being hit by a pitch on the left knee Saturday, and he'll be held out of the lineup for Sunday's contest. The 27-year-old is off to a hot start, going 5-for-7 with two doubles, a walk, three runs and four RBI through the first two games of 2022. Rafael Ortega will cover left field while Clint Frazier serves as the designated hitter in the series finale.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Reaches safely four times

    Happ went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI, a walk and a hit-by-pitch in a 9-0 win Saturday against Milwaukee, though he did leave with a knee injury after being hit by a pitch.

    Happ entered Saturday's game with only three hits in 21 career at-bats against Brandon Woodruff and reached base safely all three times they faced off. The 27-year-old now has more hits and RBI in the first two games of the season than he had all spring. After an atrocious first four months of 2021, Happ turned it around and hit .333/.407/.680 over his last 41 games. Consistency has been an issue throughout his career and the Cubs are hoping that this is the year where it all comes together for the left fielder. For now, he's listed as day-to-day entering Sunday's series finale.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: X-rays negative

    Happ's X-rays on his knee were negative Saturday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

    Happ was hit by a pitch in his left kneecap Saturday against the Brewers and was forced to leave the game. He's seemingly avoided a serious injury, but he could still miss some time.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Exits after HBP

    Happ was removed from Saturday's game against the Brewers in the bottom of the seventh inning after he was hit by a pitch on his left knee, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

    Happ remained down for several minutes after being hit by the pitch, but he was ultimately able to walk off under his own power. He was productive prior to his departure, as he went 2-for-3 with three runs, two RBI and a walk. If the 27-year-old is forced to miss time, Clint Frazier should see additional at-bats.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Collects three hits in win

    Happ went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

    Happ hit cleanup and powered the Chicago offense on Opening Day. The 27-year-old can certainly be a dynamic hitter, though strikeouts have slowed him down in the past, so it was good to see Happ without any strikeouts Thursday. If he can make more consistent contact, a big season could be on tap.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Playing outfield Sunday

    Happ (elbow) is starting in left field and batting fifth in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Royals, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Happ was previously limited to working as the designated hitter while making his way back from February elbow surgery, but he's now been cleared to play the outfield. The 27-year-old appears to be in the clear for Opening Day and should have a starting spot in the outfield.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Serving as designated hitter

    Happ (elbow) is batting cleanup as the designated hitter in Wednesday's Cactus League game against Oakland, Jordan Bastian of reports.

    Happ is returning from February elbow surgery, though it's not much of a surprise to see him at designated hitter since the procedure apparently didn't affect his ability to hit. The 27-year-old is going through his throwing program and is expected to be ready to play the field by Opening Day, but even if he's not, he should at the very least be able to start the campaign logging at-bats as the DH.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Avoids arbitration

    Happ (elbow) signed a one-year, $6.85 million contract with the Cubs on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of reports.

    Happ posted a career-low 103 wRC+ last season, the product of a .226/.323/.434 slash line, as his strikeout rate ticked up to 29.2 percent. He's still working his way back from February elbow surgery, though he's expected to be ready for Opening Day.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Gets outfield competition

    With the Cubs agreeing to a deal with Seiya Suzuki on Wednesday, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Happ (elbow) finds himself in a more crowded outfield heading into the season.

    Happ is currently on the mend following surgery on his right elbow in February. He should be ready for Opening Day and might see his name penciled into left field, with Rafael Ortega in center and Suzuki in right. Happ played all three outfield spots in 2021, and also saw time at second base and third base, so his versatility should keep him in the lineup most days even with the new addition to the roster.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Age: 27
School: Cincinnati
Experience: 4
Bats/Throws: S, R