Â Tonight, the Mets will be facingÂ (LHP) J.A. Happ (2-0 2.48)Â of the Phillies.Â Here’s an In-Depth look at who our boys will be matching up against.Â
Â Courtesy of Mets.com,
“Happ is coming off the longest stint of his brief career. He went seven shutout innings against the Padres, allowing just four hits. He struck out four and walked two in the Phillies’ 5-1 victory over the Padres. He threw 112 pitches, 71 for strikes. He began the season in the bullpen before being moved into the rotation on May 19. He pitched six strong innings against the Yankees in New York, allowing two runs on four hits. The Phillies are 6-2 in his eight career starts. He has made 15 appearances, three of them as a starter, this season.”
Â Per Wikipedia,
“Happ began theÂ 2008 season with the Phillies’ new Triple-A affiliate in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Â He went 5â€“6 with a 3.54 ERA in his first seventeen starts, striking out 104 batters in 101â…” innings.
On July 4, 2008, Happ was called up to take the place of Brett Myers in the Phillies’ starting rotation, after the struggling Myers went to the minors in an effort to regain his form. That same night, Happ made his 2008 debut against Johan Santana and the Mets. He fared better in his second major league start, pitching 4â…” innings, giving up three hits, two earned runs, four walks while striking out three. He earned a no-decision as the Phillies went on to win the game, 3â€“2. Happ’s was also awarded a no-decision in his third career start (second of the season), in which he pitched 6â…“ innings and gave up only two runs, but the Phillies went on to defeat the Cardinals by a 4â€“2 score. He was then optioned back to Lehigh Valley, as the Phillies would not need a fifth starter for two weeks. Myers regained his place in the rotation on July 23.
Happ was recalled to the major leagues on July 29 when the struggling Adam Eaton was demoted to Lakewood. However, Happ never took Eaton’s spot in the rotation, as the Phillies had already acquired starter Joe Blanton from the Oakland Athletics on July 17. Happ instead pitched out of the bullpen, appearing in two games (in which he struggled), and was then sent to AAA once again. He ended the Triple-A season at 8â€“7, with a 3.60 ERA. He led all International League pitchers with 151 strikeouts in 135 innings. He walked 48 batters.
Happ joined the Phillies for the third time in 2008 on September 1 when the rosters expanded. On September 16, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced that Happ would start on the following night against the Atlanta Braves, replacing the struggling Kyle Kendrick. Happ pitched six shutout innings in the game, earning his first major league win in a 6â€“1 Phillies victory. Happ was named to the postseason roster, and pitched in one game in the National League Championship Series.”
Â Â Â Last Time Against The Mets (May 7th) -
Â Happ pitched 3.2 Innings in relief allowing only 2 hits and 0 runs.Â He also struck out 2.Â Mets(W)Â 7-5
Â J.A. Happ PitchFX per Fangraphs.com-
Fastball – 78.6%
Slider – 15.3%
Changeup – Â 4.9%
Curve – 0.9%
Scouting Report per thebaseballcube.com –
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
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