Baltimore Orioles
2014 Avg.
.272
 
Career Avg.
.261
Name  J.J. Hardy
Born  8/19/1982
Height  6-2
Weight  200
Number  2
Position  SS
Bats  R
Throws  R
7/29/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Hardy averaged 25.6 home run per season over the past three years, but has just four this season in 96 games. On the other hand his .277 batting average is the highest since 2008, but fantasy owners would probably prefer the long balls.
 
7/7/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his third home run of the season Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: Hardy didn't have a homer in his first 243 at-bats this season after averaging 26 per season from 2011-13, but he's rediscovered his power stroke. The shortstop is hitting a career-high .288.
 
7/5/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy does not enjoy facing Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy to the tune of an .091 lifetime average (2-for-22, one double).
Insight: Hardy's also struck out six times against Peavy on those 22 at-bats. He's been pretty good over the last week (.290 AVG, .700 OPS, though still hitting with a noticeable lack of power), but he's not an advisable play on this particular afternoon.
 
6/30/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Hardy has been one of the top power-hitting shortstops over the past three years, but he didn't hit his first homer this season until June 21. His average fly-ball distance has declined nearly 15 feet in 2014.
 
6/21/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy finally ended his season-long home run drought Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: His eighth inning solo homer traveled 364 feet. If Hardy can regain his power stroke he'll be unstoppable. The .291 batting average he's collected through 65 games is a career-high.
 
6/9/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is just a lifetime .105 hitter (2-for-19) against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Hardy has hit for average this season (.296 in 203 at bats), but his power has gone missing (no homers, .365 SLUG). In today's matchup he isn't likely to help his average or his power numbers.
 
6/6/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had a three-hit night Friday against Oakland.
Insight: Hardy has hit for average this season (.305 in 197 at bats) but his power has gone missing (no homers, .376 SLUG). Usually, it's the other way around. Even without power, Hardy is still one of the more trusted names in fantasy and should be owned in all formats.
 
5/18/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy provided three hits Sunday in a loss to Kansas City.
Insight: Hardy (.271, 0 HR, 9 RBI) was held without a hit the night before so this was a welcome improvement. With the loss, the Orioles are now a full game behind New York for first in the AL East.
 
5/7/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: In nine career at-bats against Tampa Bay's Cesar Ramos, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has picked up five hits.
Insight: Hardy has homered twice and double off of Ramos, Wednesday's scheduled starter. The 31-year-old averaged 26 homers per season from 2011-13 but is still looking for his first blast of 2014.
 
4/27/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has traditionally struggled against Royals ace James Shields.
Insight: He's hitting .167 against the right-hander in 12 at bats. Hardy is still looking for his first home run of the season. None of Hardy's 158 career home runs have come against Shields (2-2, 1.91 ERA).
 
4/23/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: O's shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: He strained his hamstring over the weekend but only wound up missing two games. Hardy is hitless against the Blue Jays this season (0-for-9).
 
4/22/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Hardy left Sunday's game with a mild right hamstring strain. He has played just 11 games this season due to injuries.
 
4/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring and is not in Monday morning's lineup.
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Ryan Flaherty will make the start at shortstop, but he holds little fantasy value batting .209 with a .540 OPS this season.
 
4/20/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Stephen Lombardozzi is now in at second base with Ryan Flaherty at shortstop. Though Hardy led all major league shortstops in HR last season (25), he's still searching for his first long ball of 2014.
 
Cold4/20/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has had a tough time getting anything going against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Peavy has limited Hardy to one hit in 17 at-bats, a .059 average. Hardy, who has dealt with back spasms on and off this year, is hitting .244 with zero round-trippers.
 
4/18/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 3-for-20 (.150) against Boston right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Hardy has averaged 25.7 HR per season over the last three years, but he's never had an extra base hit against Lackey. He's also still looking for his first homer this season. It won't likely come on Friday. Avoid this matchup.
 
4/14/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy had two doubles and a single in four at-bats Monday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Hardy has averaged 25.7 HR per season over the last three years. He missed six games due to a bad back and is still hunting for his first home run this year.
 
4/12/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is good to go for Saturday's game against Toronto. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: He's missed most of the last week because of back spasms. Hardy led all AL shortstops in homers last season (25) but he has yet to leave the yard in 2014 (15 at bats).
 
4/11/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (back) is not in the lineup Friday, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Hardy has played just one of the past six games due to back spasms. He expects to play Saturday.
 
4/9/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (back) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday night, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Hardy has played just one of the past five games due to back spasms.