|Bats / Throws||Left / Left|
|Date of Birth||10/19/1982|
|Height, Weight||6'5", 205 lbs|
|Drafted||2004 - Rd 3|
Happ (7-5) allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
The 36-year-old has now dropped his last two decisions after winning six straight decisions from May 9 to June 18. That streak of wins ended with a thud, as the Astros hung an eight-spot on Happ in his final start of June. Thankfully he doesn't have to face Houston every start. Happ lines up to pitch against Tampa Bay next week, and he's had the Rays' number over the past two seasons (1.93 ERA).
Happ threw 5.1 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Thursday, giving up one earned run on three hits, striking out five and walking three in the Yankees' eventual 8-4 extra-inning victory. He struck out three and walked one.
It was a solid start for the left-hander, but he didn't wind up getting his eighth win of the season as Aroldis Chapman was tagged with a rare blown save. Still, it was a welcome bounce back effort for Happ after he got blown up for eight earned by the Astros in his last start. He now sports a 5.02 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and a 71:22 K:BB through 89.2 innings.
Happ will start Thursday's game against the Mariners.
Happ returns to the hill for the first time since June 23 after a stretch of multiple off days allowed the Yankees to streamline their rotation. With Domingo German (hip) returning from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Happ now looks like the club's clear No. 5 starter, putting him most at risk of moving to the bullpen in the event the Yankees elect to trade for an upgrade prior to the July 31 deadline. Through 16 outings this season, Happ has posted a 5.23 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 84.1 innings.
Happ is expected to work out of the bullpen this week with the Yankees scheduled to play only five games, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
Happ last pitched Sunday at home against Houston, serving up eight runs on 11 hits over four innings to inflate his season ERA and WHIP to 5.23 and 1.28, respectively. With the Yankees off the schedule Thursday and Friday, Happ wouldn't have been available to pitch again until this weekend's two-game series with the Red Sox in London. Manager Aaron Boone seems inclined to take advantage of the off days to rearrange the rotation order, as Masahiro Tanaka is slated to make his normally scheduled turn Saturday, while CC Sabathia, who turned in a quality start in Monday's win over Toronto, is the most likely candidate to take the hill Sunday. Happ should make the trip to London and offer some length out of the bullpen before likely rejoining the rotation during next week's four-game series in Tampa Bay.