The next time J.A. Happ takes the ball for the Yankees, they have half the season behind them. Which means that it is not too early to give an opinion on the experienced left-hander.
This in turn means that it is officially okay to worry about Happ and his contract. Yankees' Eight-Game Winning Streak On Sunday afternoon at the Yankee Stadium, the screaming came in the form of a 9-4 stick by the Astros, spoiling the good mood that Mariano Rivera's home race had provoked during the vintage car day at the park , Happ's third place finish at the Main Event, a push for Jose Altuve, crossed the fence in the left field, and the 36-year-old scored only 12 outs overall and was hammered in his worst start to the season for eight runs. and his ERA is now at 5.23.
Brian Cashman's search for pitching assistance remains real even after a spectacular week.
"I just think I was a little inconsistent," said Happ. "That's certainly fair to say, with some [starts] I felt good, and I felt like I could have been much better in [others]." In recent years, I've been more consistent than this year. To be clear and to be more consistent for the team, be someone we can rely on in any case. "
Happ's latest track record ̵
The south paw has in comparison to his own high s Standards poor performance. His 66 strikeouts in 84 innings are the lowest strikeouts per nine-nines (7.0) since he reached an average of 6.5 per nine in 2009. The 20 homers he has given up, including three on Sunday, give him 2.1 per nine ratio, the worst of his career, with the exception of 2007, when he only pitched in a major league game.
One major problem was clearly the diminished effectiveness of Happ's four-seam fastball, his bread-and-butter pitch. According to FanGraphs, its value has plummeted, from 14.5 above-average runs last year to just 0.5 before Sunday began. His allowable hard contact has increased dramatically, from 30.9 percent last year to over 40 percent before the stinker on Sunday.
"Fastball Command," Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said about an interpreter when he was asked what he saw as the common theme for Happs fighting.
"If we do not have that, it's just harder."
"A flying tankard, the key to it's accuracy," said Aaron Boone. "That's what he has done well throughout his career, and if he was good for us again this year, so if you skip a little or have no secondary color today to keep your balance, these flyballs can do you I think he's a bit hurt from a couple of balls that just came out. "
Thirteen of the 20 Homer Happ admitted were met at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, and Homer Of course there's a lot of mistrust of the balls everywhere.
"The last thing I'm going to do today is trying to find an excuse," Happ said of the balls. "I just think that's the stuff Whether it's true or not, I'll have to deal with it either way. "
He showed some disappointment with the choice of pitch on Sunday and said," I'm out there trying to compete, and some Are you trying to do a few things I was not used to, or I tried to do some things to make a report, "before I pulled back and fell on his sword again. Notably, Altuve's Homer has left behind a slider and Tyler White's fourth inning, a groundbreaking grand slam of a two-seam fastball.
"I can do better," said Happ. "I know so much."
Now is the time to do what he knows and reward his paycheck with results.