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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Player Analysis: #43 J.A. Happ SP/RP


Overall Season Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .233/.316/.342 & .289
-vs. RHB: .247/.344/.312
-vs. LHB: .209/.261/.395

IP: 31.7
K: 26
BB: 14
WHIP: 1.326
BB/PA: .101
K/9 IP: 7.38

Overall Career Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .252/.331/.417 & .327
-vs. RHB: .269/.355/.419
-vs. LHB: .217/.280/.413

IP: 35.7
K: 31
BB: 16
WHIP: 1.43
BB/PA: .101
K/9 IP: 7.82

This is an extremely small sample size. While one can certainly not project these current numbers onward into the future, it's hard to hate what Happ has shown those who've watched. While his WHIP isn't great, he has shown that he can strike batters out. Happ has done at least a decent job in the few amount of times that the Phillies have used him.

While this analysis can not be done even a little bit, one thing that should be discussed is Happ's future. He is currently in the middle of trade rumors surrounding Jake Peavy. This deal would have Peavy sent to the Cubs, and in return, the Phillies could get Mark DeRosa. First, DeRosa is a utility fielder, and there is no real place for him to be put except maybe platooning in the outfield. Second, DeRosa's offensive numbers the last few years have been slightly above average to moderately above average, so the gain isn't too signficant (he does have a high OBP though). Would the Phillies really be gaining enough for helping the Cubs sign one of the top 5 pitchers in MLB? Definitely not. The Cubs have a good enough team as it is, and don't need the Phillies help in getting any better. If the Phillies cannot sign Lowe or any other above average FA starting pitcher, I think it would be wise to give Happ a shot in the rotation in 2009. He is 26 years old, and it's approaching the time where everyone should have a pretty good idea whether he has "it" or not.

I'll leave it up to Mr. Musser to bring the "J"/ J.A. argument back on the table because I know just how much he loves it.

Next up: #55 Clay Condrey RP


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