The offense has been lacking lately so I think it only makes sense that a pitcher gets the call this week.
This weeks Blue Jay of the Week is…. J.A. Happ! (LHP-48)
| 1-0 | 1.35 era | 13.1 ip | 6 hits | 2 er | 15 k | .140 avg | 0.75 whip |
General Manager Alex Anthopoulos had coveted starting pitcher J.A. Happ since he made the decision to trade Doc Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies. AA didn’t get his man at the time but as he is known to do he somehow found a way to land his target on the roster.
The left-hander who had started 90 of his previous 106 appearances before coming to the American League found himself in the bullpen trying to fit in. I wasn’t a fan of this decision and Happ wasn’t either so he requested he get an opportunity to start and soon his wish was granted. His numbers have improved over each of his 3 starts as a Blue Jay including a 2 hit and 8 strikeout performance against the back-to-back AL Champion Texas Rangers.
It appears John Farrell and the coaching staff plan to keep Happ in the starting rotation throughout the end of the season so they can figure out if he fits into the 2013 plans. As of now he is sitting without a contract for next season and I would love to see him fit in at the back-end of the Blue Jays starting rotation.
Looking ahead to 2013, if Ricky Romero can return to his form and AA can acquire a strong arm to support RickyRo and Brandon Morrow, we could have a loaded rotation with Happ locking it down every 5 days.
I’m looking forward to seeing him get the chance to stretch his arm out over his final 7 starts of the regular season, he is playing for a contract which means we should see him at his best. Sounds like he could even find himself as the Blue Jay of the Week before 2012 is a wrap.