A simple leadership definition of insanity goes like this: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Sorry, friends, it may be time to depart from the "same thing" routine with J.A. Happ. He quite obviously doesn't have the confidence and can't get into a routine that the Astros hoped for when they picked him up as the headliner in the Roy Oswalt trade. Problem is, as Zachary Levine pointed out recently, the results aren't dramatically different from last year. Maybe it's time for J.A. Happ to get some Burt Hooton time. He apparently does have an option left, so it's not a far fetched idea. After Happ's 11th loss of the season Thursday night, he told reporters: "To be honest with you, I don't even want a break. If I could, I'd pitch tomorrow. Just try to get out there and keep us in the game and try to win some ballgames." Over the years, Astros' pitchers have gone to Hooton to get "fixed" and many report returning to the majors with a renewed sense of confidence. Now may be the time. Happ is on pace to lose only 20 games this season, a bench mark Astros' management would well choose to avoid for their still-developing pitcher. It doesn't happen often, but when a pitcher does flounder to a 20-loss season, it leaves somewhat of a stigma. Mike Maroth is the last pitcher to lose 20, for the hapless 2003 Tigers (9-21). Before that, it hadn't happened in 23 years (Brian Kingman, A's, 8-20, 1980). Only Turk Farrell — 20 in the inaugural 1962 season — has lost that many games in the Houston organization's history.
Visit to Dr. Hooton in OKC might be a nice diversion for J.A. Happ
Houston Chronicle | Jul 9