Ian Happ had a big game at the plate Tuesday in the Pelicans’ 3-2 win in 14 innings over Carolina. Happ went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer in the first inning. Happ scored a pair of runs and recorded his first three-hit game since May 8.
Ian Happ also ended his home run drought. Happ’s two-run shot in the first inning was his first longball since April 27.
After getting off to an excellent start to the season, the league adjusted to Happ and the hits quit coming for the 21-year old. Happ batted .313/.427/.550 with five doubles, one triple and four home runs for a .977 OPS in his first 22 games. Happ walked 15 times with 23 strikeouts in 80 at-bats.
Happ slowed down around the time the calendar flipped to May, but he appears to be making the right adjustments.
Happ has reached base safely with either a hit or a walk in his last 10 games. Happ has hits in eight of those 10 games and is 11-for-33 over that span with seven walks and 12 strikeouts.
In his last 22 games, Happ has put together a .250/.340/.363 line with four doubles, a triple and a home run for a .703 OPS. Happ has 12 walks and 26 strikeouts in 80 at-bats.
Happ has solid numbers from both sides of the plate. The switch-hitter is batting .291/.400/.444 with six doubles and four home runs from the left-side. As a right-hander against southpaws this season, Happ is hitting .256/.340/.488 with three doubles, two triples and a home run for a .828 OPS in 43 at-bats.
In 44 games this season, Ian Happ has hit .281/.384/.456 with nine doubles, two triples and five home runs for a .840 OPS. Happ has 27 walks, 49 strikeouts and 45 hits in 160 at-bats, 16 of his hits have gone for extra bases.
Defensively, Happ has spent a majority of his time at second base. Happ has played and started 33 games at second and four games in left field.