Originally written on Razzball  |  Last updated 7/19/12
J.J. Hardy won’t run this town any longer. After hitting seven home runs and posting a tremendous .922 OPS in May, Hardy’s followed with an abysmal .498 OPS in June, and an awful .329 OPS in July. Yes, some of this variance is due to fluctuations in his BABIP and home run to fly ball rate, but when you have an OPS that low it is hard to simply dismiss it as bad luck. J.J., can you hit it in the morning (and evening)? This year, his batted ball and plate discipline statistics are roughly in line with his performance last year, when he produced an .801 OPS. However, he appears to be unlikely to approach last year’s performance mainly because his 15.7% HR/FB was a career high. This year he has a 10.1% HR/FB, but that is not necessarily going to increase substantially since he has a career average rate of 11.4%. His upside is likely his career average of .310/.430./.740. Potential injuries aside, he is still serviceable at shortstop, but I’m not going to count on a high OPS, especially ...
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