Yankees 2019 starting rotation report card

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21: James Paxton #65 of the New York Yankees pitches during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21: James Paxton #65 of the New York Yankees pitches during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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J.A Happ

After the Yankees acquired J.A Happ at the 2018 Trade Deadline, the southpaw excelled for the team, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP across 11 starts.

Before the 2019 season, the Yankees rewarded Happ with a 3-year, $51 million contract. How did he perform during his first full season in pinstripes?

Not great. In 30 starts, the veteran notched a 12-8 record but posted a 4.91 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He allowed 34 home runs, sixth-most in the league.

If it weren’t for a dominant September, the numbers would have been even worse. In five September starts, Happ posted a 1.65 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 9.22 K/9 ratio.

Across his other 25 starts, Happ owned an ugly 5.57 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP and a 7.5 SO/9 ratio. Due in part to his less than stellar performance, Happ was removed from the postseason starting rotation and relegated to bullpen duty.

Verdict:

J.A Happ’s season can be split into two parts. The first 83% was terrible, and the last 17% was outstanding.

The Grade: D+