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CC Sabathia didn’t like Yankees ‘opener’ idea with Deivi Garcia, J.A. Happ in ALDS

CC Sabathia didn’t like Yankees ‘opener’ idea with Deivi Garcia, J.A. Happ in ALDS

The former Yankees ace called out the Yankees for trying to be too smart in the American League Division Series against the Rays.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 8, 2020
Yankees Highlights: The pitching finally arrives

Yankees Highlights: The pitching finally arrives

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Yankees needed a big performance from their staff to get the ball back to Gerrit Cole, and they got it. The Yankees stared down the end of their season tonight, and held off elimination for at least one more day. After getting poor pitching from their higher-rated starters in Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ and inconsistent results from the bullpen, it all came together in Game Four. New York won 5-1, and they will force a winner-take-all Game Five. Winners of the Game Raise your hand if you hand Jordan Montgomery as the second-most important starter for...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 8, 2020
NYY news: Game Four Jordan

NYY news: Game Four Jordan

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Jordan Montgomery will start Game Four; J.A. Happ would have preferred to start; CB Bucknor was awful behind home plate in Game Two NY Post | Dan Martin: Jordan Montgomery hasn’t been on the mound in two weeks and has never thrown a pitch in the postseason, but he will be the starter in Game Four for New York. “I’m excited to get an opportunity,’’ Montgomery said. “I’ve been waiting since 2017, especially once I got hurt [the next season]. I’m excited to go out there and pitch.” The hopes of the Yankees’ season will rest on if he can keep things...
Yankees put J.A. Happ in a bad spot and it cost them a chance to push the Rays to the brink

Yankees put J.A. Happ in a bad spot and it cost them a chance to push the Rays to the brink

It was a decision that raised eyebrows across baseball when the Yankees announced 21-year-old right-handed rookie Deivi Garcia as their starter for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Rays.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 7, 2020
Yankees 5, Rays 7: Evened up after bait and switch backfires

Yankees 5, Rays 7: Evened up after bait and switch backfires

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The Yankees’ attempt at some trickeration was felled as the Rays tied the ALDS at one. The Yankees decision to start Deivi García in Game Two against the Rays was already interesting, but it got even more so fairly quickly after the game began. Pretty early in the first, J.A. Happ began warming up in the bullpen and it became clear that the 21-year old was being used as an opener and/or an attempt at a bait and switch against a lefty-heavy Rays’ lineup. Whether or not you think it was a good idea is debatable, what’s not is that it did not work out as...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 7, 2020
NYY News: First the bait, then the switch

NYY News: First the bait, then the switch

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Yankees try to bait-and-switch the Rays in Game Two; MLB reinstates Domingo Germán; The Yankees and Rays rank among the league’s best at finding diamonds in the rough. ESPN | Marly Rivera: In case you somehow missed it, the Yankees played a little trick on the Rays in Game Two of the ALDS, starting Deivi García to bait Tampa into dotting its lineup with left-handers, then turning to lefty J.A. Happ in the second inning. The Rays always do everything they can to secure the platoon advantage as much as possible, and the Yankees tried to counterattack. The...
Newsday Oct 7, 2020

Giancarlo Stanton's two HRs not enough for Yankees as Rays tie series

The Yanks started rookie Deivi Garcia but he was pulled after one inning, a move that backfired as reliever J.A. Happ allowed a pair of two-run homers in 2 2/3 innings.
NorthJersey.com Oct 6, 2020
'Probably' the plan: Aaron Boone on why J.A. Happ replaced Deivi Garcia after 1 inning in Game 2

'Probably' the plan: Aaron Boone on why J.A. Happ replaced Deivi Garcia after 1 inning in Game 2

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said it was "probably" the plan all along for rookie Deivi Garcia to only pitch an inning in Game 2.        
Pinstripe Alley Oct 6, 2020
The Yankees just bait-and-switched the Rays

The Yankees just bait-and-switched the Rays

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Happ takes over for García in the second inning The Yankees raised eyebrows when they named Deivi García their Game Two starter against the Rays. Turns out, that was a bit of gamesmanship by Aaron Boone. As soon as García took the mound on Tuesday night, J.A. Happ began to warm in the bullpen. Was it part of his extended routine while García took a turn through the lineup? Nope. Happ came on to pitch the second inning, and that was the plan all along. The Yankees forced Kevin Cash to deploy five left-handed bats in his lineup (Austin Meadows, Brandon...
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J.A. Happ replaces Deivi Garcia for Yankees after one inning of Game 2 of ALDS vs. Rays

J.A. Happ replaces Deivi Garcia for Yankees after one inning of Game 2 of ALDS vs. Rays

Rookie phenom Deivi Garcia only threw one inning for the Yankees in Game 2 before being replaced by J.A. Happ.        
Pinstripe Alley Oct 5, 2020
Yankees name Deivi García ALDS Game Two starter

Yankees name Deivi García ALDS Game Two starter

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Masahiro Tanaka will follow in Game Three Surprise, surprise! After much speculation, Aaron Boone confirmed the Yankees have named Deivi García their Game Two starter, per Lindsey Adler. Boone also noted that Masahiro Tanaka will start Game Three. This is an exciting development, as most expected either Tanaka or J.A. Happ to start the second game. García, 21, made six starts for the Yankees down the stretch, impressing in nearly all of them. He threw one clunker in Boston, which skews his season numbers, leaving them at a 4.98 ERA (4.15 FIP). The rookie...
Pinstripe Alley Sep 25, 2020
NYY vs. MIA: J.A. Happ vs. Sandy Alcántara

NYY vs. MIA: J.A. Happ vs. Sandy Alcántara

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The Yanks hope to rebound from another shaky run of form as October lies just around the corner The Yankees embark on their final series of the 2020 season and will hope to avoid completely limping into the playoffs as they face off against postseason hopefuls, the Miami Marlins. A week ago, the Yanks were riding high on the wave of a 10-game win streak, but that was snapped Sunday and the club sputtered against the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo, dropping three of four mid-week. That stumble means their final playoff position remains up in the air. They currently sit...
That Balls Outta Here Sep 25, 2020

Phillies: J.A. Happ factor in former team’s postseason push

Yankees LHP J.A. Happ can help his former team, the Phillies, in a big way on Friday The Philadelphia Phillies (28-29, .491) have just three games remaining on their shortened 2020 season. For now, manager Joe Girardi‘s squad remains out of the postseason picture — entering Friday’s slate as the ninth seed behind the sixth-seed Miami Marlins […] Phillies: J.A. Happ factor in former team’s postseason push - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NorthJersey.com Sep 25, 2020
New York Yankees, Miami Marlins announce Friday lineups

New York Yankees, Miami Marlins announce Friday lineups

Sandy Alcantara (3-2, 3.12) will start for Miami, while J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.25) goes for the Yanks.        
Yankees need J.A. Happ’s dominant stretch to continue heading into Marlins series, postseason

Yankees need J.A. Happ’s dominant stretch to continue heading into Marlins series, postseason

After an inconsistent start to their wildly inconsistent 2020 pandemic-shortened season and a public disagreement about his playing time, Happ has given the Yankees the best stretch by a pitcher this season.

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