Before Ryan and Ryan rewrote the script, starter J.A. Happ supplied another sample.
Early signs suggest Happ will fit in nicely at the bottom of the Phillies' rotation, but the learning process continues and there is room for improvement. Happ needs to work on keeping the ball down, but even more importantly, he needs to keep his walks under control. Happ allowed an uncharacteristic 10 hits yesterday, a season high, but also four walks, which has become the norm; he's now walked 14 in his last three starts, including six in his last outing, pushing his season strikeout-walk ratio to 41/28. Happ has pretty good stuff and hitters generally have had a tough time picking him up and getting good swings. The promise of better control, along with refinement to his secondary pitches, will put his club in position to win every time he takes the mound.