Jul 3, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) makes a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers will see J.A. Happ in the series finale with the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday afternoon and get a good first–hand scouting report on the nine-year veteran.
The Mariners might be the biggest disappointment in the American League this season. They sunk a lot of money in the team to reclaim competitiveness and earn a playoff spot for the first time since 2001, the second longest playoff drought in baseball. They may be in a similar position as the Tigers, trying to weigh whether or not to be buyers or sellers at the trading deadline, confident they have a team that can make a second-half run.
But with the upstart Houston Astros not going anywhere, and the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers still in front of them, they may try to hit the reset button and regroup for next year.
In his first year with the Mariners, he has only four wins in 16 starts with a high ERA of 3.93 and so-so WHIP of 1.331. Happ has actually been fairly inconsistent since a tremendous beginning to his career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Only once since 2009 has he posted an ERA below four for the season, but he has not been on a contender in all those years.
When he was on a good team, he performed well and was decent in his playoff appearances.
Trading deadline acquisitions will always be expensive, but this could be the bargain for the Tigers.