April Is Over And J.J. Hardy Is Heating Up

J.J. Hardy is thrilled that April is over. In 112 plate appearances in 27 games, Hardy hit .202/.243/.327 with three homers and 15 RBI. He walked six times and struck out 15. Yikes.

J.J. Hardy

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May has been a little more friendly to the Orioles shortstop. Though he began the month 0-for-8, Hardy is 7 for his last 19 with three homers in his last four games. Hardy is putting the bat on the ball more than he did in April and has recorded just one strikeout in his last 19 plate appearances.

The Twitterverse wasn’t kind to Hardy during his early season slump. Personally, I don’t expect the Gold Glover to hit .300 with 30 home runs because shortstops don’t put up that type of offensive production.

But there really wan’t any reason to be concerned with Hardy’s production. His 20 RBI is enough for the American League lead, four more than Jhonny Peralta‘s total. Troy Tulowitzki, arguably the best at the position, is the big league’s lone shortstop ahead of Hardy in the RBI column (28).

Guys go through slumps. Some start slow. Hardy’s April numbers are no surprise. He’s a career .218/.283/.356 hitter in March/April. Thankfully the first month is in the books.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

2 Comments

  1. MGW

    May 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Hardy is among the Top 10 best shortstops (all around) in the game right now. The days of 30 homer, .280 hitting shortstops are over now that the drug enforcement efforts have picked up. If Hardy hits .240-.250 and hits 20 bombs, I’ll take it.

    And, he will.

  2. Willo

    May 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    EVERY once in awhile MGW makes a good observation, not often, but I’ll take JJ over most SSs in the AL. He’ll give you a decent game in the field and any offense he provides is a bonus.