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Happ First to 16 Wins

Happ J.A. Happ first to reach 16 win mark


Happ first pitcher to reach 16 wins

The American League has struggled to have a front-runner in the chase for the 2016 Cy Young Award, but throughout the season you have heard many names popping up left and right.  Some of those names that seem to always be in the headlines are names like: Chris Sale, Cole Hamels, Corey Kluber or maybe Justin Verlander.  One name that has been vacant throughout this season that may be making a case for the award is J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays.

On Wednesday night Happ would go out and  throw a solid six scoreless innings and become the first pitcher to reach the 16 win mark.  His pitching not only helped the Blue Jays get the win but also bumped them into sole possession of first place in the American League East.  Happ, a veteran lefty, recorded his AL-best 12th start with six-plus innings and one or no earned runs allowed.  He also struck out seven batters in the game as the Blue Jays cruised to a 7-0 victory over Tampa Bay.


“That sounds like Cy Young stuff,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said about the consistency of Happ.  “He’s relieable and you can count on him.  He’s going to get roughed up now and then; it hasn’t really happened this year.  He’s a new guy.  He gets ground balls now–that bails him out of some innings, and he still has the ability to get strikeouts.”


Happ was able to get his 10th straight win which allowed him to pass up Porcello and Strasburg for the major league lead in wins for the 2016 season.  Happ has made it clear that he isn’t interested in any talk about winning the Cy Young Award.


“Ah, I don’t want to hear that until it’s all said and done, we can look back and make some decisions on that stuff (when the season is over),” Happ said. “I want to stay right where I’m at and we’ll see what happens.”


Happ may not be interested in talking about the Award, but if he keeps pitching the way he has so far he will have to get used to it.