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Bruce Walton Joins Jose Bautista in Reading This Blog

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Giant pat on own back time: you can follow this link or just scroll down a little to where I said this about J.A. Happ upon his arrival in Toronto.

“One thing I would consider is ditching Happ’s Curveball…”

Apparently Bruce Walton and the Blue Jays agreed, because when Happ went to the bullpen for a couple of starts he did not use his curveball once, and after returning to the rotation dialed the use of it way, way, back. In his last start before breaking his right foot, Happ threw just 3 curveballs while striking out 9 batters.

Month Happ’s Curveball %
April 14.6%
May 13.5%
June 13.4%
July 5.9%
August 7.1%
September 3.2 %

In his short time has a starter with the Jays, ditching the curve lead to a slightly better walk rate for Happ and crazy strikeout numbers (39 in 33 1/3 innings), although starts against Baltimore, Tampa and even Detroit padded those totals, as they lead the majors in whiffing against lefty sliders. Still, other than one shaky start against the Yankees, Happ looked promising during his transition to the AL East and has the potential to eat some quality innings next year — especially if Bruce Walton continues to read this blog and tweak his repertoire according to latest pitch f/x numbers, ha!

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Written by halejon

September 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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  1. [...] in the damn dugout already), then notices that the Jays had noticed the same thing he did about JA Happ’s overused curveball when he arrived from Houston, and lastly, he offers an exquisite takedown of that Joe Warmington [...]


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