Happ turned heads within the Yankees organization for his performance this spring, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Yankees vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring raved about Happ's showing in Grapefruit League play in an interview with Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network on Wednesday. "Thought he picked up where he left off the last six or seven weeks of last season," Naehring said. "Thought he came in with what looked to be great laser focus, crisp stuff." The accolades are no surprise given Happ's numbers this spring: a 2-0 record, 1.38 ERA and 16:1 K:BB over 13 innings. The southpaw is a lock for a spot in the Yankees' rotation when the 2020 season gets underway.
Happ allowed one run in four innings against Philadelphia on Monday, giving up three hits while striking out five.
Mikie Mahtook went deep against Happ in the third inning, but the hurler was otherwise excellent in his fourth Grapefruit League outing. Happ has solidified his hold on the No. 3 spot in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation with a dominant spring in which he has posted a 1.38 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 11.1 K/9 over 13 innings.
Happ pitched four scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League outing against the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out six.
Happ's numbers this spring include one earned run allowed in nine innings, along with 11 strikeouts. Following injuries to James Paxton (back) and Luis Severino (elbow), Happ is lined up to be the Yankees' third starter to open the season in spite of a rocky 2019 campaign. He's far from a sure thing, but he could be a fantasy sleeper if he's able to return to the solid numbers he posted from 2016-2018.
Happ will likely be the starter in the Yankees' initial spring training contest against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Though opening the spring training slate pales in comparison to starting on Opening Day, it does help Happ get a jump on solidifying his grasp on the fifth-starter role. The 37-year-old is currently penciled in to be a part of the Yankees' rotation but will need to perform reasonably well to maintain that spot over the entire season.
Happ will begin the 2020 season as New York's fifth starter, YES Network reports.
Happ started 30 games for the Yankees a season ago, posting a 4.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with a 140:49 K:BB across 161.1 frames. While he'll open the year as part of the rotation, he'll need to prove as the season unfolds that he belongs in that role after struggling for much of the 2019 campaign.
Happ didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Rays, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over five innings of relief while striking out six.
The veteran southpaw entered the game after opener Jonathan Loaisiga had coughed up a quick two runs in the first inning, and while Happ kept things close, the Yankees' offense was never able to solve Charlie Morton and the Tampa Bay bullpen. Happ finishes up 2019 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 140:49 K:BB through 161.1 innings, and it's not yet clear what role he'll have in the team's postseason rotation plans.
Happ is scheduled to serve as the primary pitcher Wednesday against the Rays, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
The Yankees have yet to announce who will serve as the opener in front of Happ, but the southpaw will come out of the bullpen in order to prepare him for the playoffs. Happ has been sharp in four appearances this month, posting a 1.61 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 22:8 K:BB in 22.1 innings.
Happ allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts across 5.1 innings during a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.
His value continues to be limited because he doesn't often pitch past five innings, but Happ is on a hot streak as of late, posting a 1.61 ERA in his last four outings. He also has 29 strikeouts in the past 27 innings. Happ is 12-8 with a 5.01 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 156.1 innings this season. He is scheduled to make his last regular-season start at the Rays on Wednesday.
Happ (biceps) will make his next scheduled start Friday against the Blue Jays, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
Happ was hoping to take the ball Thursday, but the Yankees decided he would benefit from one additional day of rest. As such, Happ will swap spots in the rotation with Masahiro Tanaka, and he will get the nod Thursday against the Angels instead.
Happ (biceps) is still hoping to start Thursday against the Angels, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
Happ has been dealing with biceps tendinitis in recent weeks and received a cortisone shot Friday, though it doesn't appear as though he'll wind up missing a start. If he's able to pitch Thursday, he'll simply be pitching on two extra days of rest, as his previous start came last Thursday against the Tigers.
Happ (biceps) received a cortisone shot Friday and is expected to start Thursday against the Angels, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
Happ has been dealing with biceps tendinitis recently though he's remained effective, posting a 1.06 ERA over his last three starts. He'll wind up with some extra rest prior to his next outing, assuming he is indeed cleared to start.
Happ is headed to New York to see a doctor about biceps tendinitis, which he's apparently been dealing with for his last few starts, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. The southpaw didn't factor into the decision Thursday against the Tigers, allowing two runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out six and walked three.
Manager Aaron Boone didn't seem too concerned about the issue, stating the belief is that "he's gonna be fine moving forward." Happ noted that he's dealt with a similar injury before and pitched through it with no problems, so it sounds like he may not be forced to miss a start as a result.
Happ (12-8) tossed 6.1 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts while earning the victory against the Red Sox on Saturday.
The only hits against Happ were singles by Mookie Betts in the first inning and Xander Bogaerts in the fourth. The left-hander was in complete control, generating 15 called strikes and 16 swinging strikes out of his 92 pitches. The fine outing improves Happ's ERA to 5.10, and he has totaled 124 strikeouts in 146.1 innings this season. Happ will pitch on the road against the Tigers in his next outing Thursday.
Happ tossed six shutout innings while allowing one hit and four walks with five strikeouts while taking a no-decision against the Athletics on Sunday.
The left-hander struggled with control again, but it didn't hurt him in this outing, although it wasn't enough for a win, as the Yankees and Athletics were still scoreless when Happ departed. This was the first time Happ took a no-decision since July 24, but don't mistake that for Happ pitching well. Even with six shutout innings Sunday, Happ owns a 5.72 ERA in his last seven outings. Overall, he is 11-8 with a 5.34 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 117 strikeouts in 140 innings this season. Happ will pitch at the Red Sox in his next outing Saturday.
Happ (11-8) got the win against the Mariners on Monday, giving up three earned runs on two hits over five innings, striking out seven and walking three as the Yankees prevailed 5-4.
Happ's spot in the rotation has come under question during a tough month of August, but he managed a solid outing in this contest, aside from a three-run home run he yielded to Dylan Moore in the second inning. It was nice to see him get a win, but it did come against a weak-hitting Mariners team, so the veteran will likely need to string together a few more outings like this before he can be considered past the struggles he's endured in the second half of his 2019 campaign. Happ has a 5.57 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 112:40 K:BB across 134 innings for the season.
Happ will keep his spot in the starting rotation for the time being, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Manager Aaron Boone confirmed after Wednesday's loss that Happ will "definitely" make his next scheduled start in spite of his recent struggles. Happ possesses a 10-8 record but it is accompanied by a dismal 5.58 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He has been particularly ineffective since the All-Star break, posting a 6.86 ERA and 1.60 WHIP while serving up 11 home runs in 39.1 innings.
Happ (10-8) took the loss against the Athletics on Wednesday, giving up five earned runs on four hits over four innings, striking out four and walking two as the Yankees fell 6-4.
Happ continued his recent struggles in this contest, as this marked the second time in his last three starts that he's given up at least five earned runs. It's been a disappointing campaign for the southpaw, as this balloons his ERA up to 5.58 and his WHIP to 1.37 to go along with a 105:37 K:BB across 129 innings. He'll look to get on track in his next start, which will pit him against the Mariners on the road Monday.
Happ (10-7) allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts across five innings while earning a victory against the Orioles on Wednesday.
While he did hand out three more free passes, Happ kept the ball in the park, which he had done only one other time since the All-Star break before Wednesday. Prior to this outing, Happ had allowed nine homers in his last five starts. If he can stay away from the long ball, Happ could begin to pull himself out the hole he dug himself into this season. While he has a winning record, Happ owns a 5.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 125 innings this season. He will pitch next at the Athletics on Wednesday.
Happ (9-7) allowed six runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts across five innings while taking the loss against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Homers have been a real issue for Happ lately, as he's allowed nine long balls in his last 25 frames. Somehow, he's won twice during that stretch, but that's unsustainable. Happ is putting together a disappointing season with a 5.48 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 120 innings. He will look to rebound at home against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Happ (9-6) earned the win against Boston on Sunday, hurling 5.2 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two.
Supported by a six-run outburst by the Yankees offense in the third inning, Happ cruised through four scoreless frames before serving up a pair of solo homers in the fifth. He then retired the first two batters in the sixth inning but was pulled after a walk, a wild pitch and a pair of singles resulted in two more runs. Happ has come nowhere near the 2.69 ERA and 1.05 WHIP he compiled in 11 starts with the Yankees last season but has nonetheless managed to compile a 9-6 record in 22 starts. He'll carry an overall 5.24 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into his next scheduled appearance in Toronto on Friday.
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