Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
By Ric Dickens
Jun 21, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ (33) throws in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Down: J.A. Happ
J.A. Happ had been a pleasant surprise so far for the Mariners’, but has been struggling as of late. The southpaw hasn’t been able to back up his impressive start to the season, posting an uninspiring 4.09 ERA in the past seven days. Earlier in the year, Happ was someone who looked to be an offseason steal for the Mariners’, but his 4.11 ERA in June has definitely pumped the breaks on those thoughts.
What has been most disappointing to me when looking at the veteran southpaw’s stats has been his inability to work deep into games. In his past three starts, Happ has gone 2 1/3 innings, 6 innings, and 5 innings respectively. That can’t happen, especially as a veteran. The M’s need him to go deeper into baseball games, giving that bullpen a rest and giving the team some confidence in the process. Hopefully, Happ can turn things around, as his effort in June has been less than stellar.
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