Blaine Hardy
Blaine Hardy
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Detroit Tigers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Blaine Hardy in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Tigers in November of 2017, avoiding arbitration.
Returns with scoreless frame Saturday
PDetroit Tigers
September 16, 2018
Hardy (elbow) fired a scoreless inning Saturday against the Indians.
ANALYSIS
Hardy hasn't pitched for 12 days due to elbow inflammation, but he was able to get back into game action Saturday after successfully completing a bullpen session earlier in the week. With his 3.76 ERA and low strikeout rate, the southpaw figures to see mostly middle-relief appearances for the remainder of the season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .237 186 26 12 40 8 2 7
Since 2016vs Right .281 433 88 35 110 20 2 12
2018vs Left .232 90 14 5 19 2 1 3
2018vs Right .250 261 52 17 60 13 2 7
2017vs Left .269 56 7 2 14 3 0 4
2017vs Right .368 100 21 11 32 6 0 3
2016vs Left .200 40 5 5 7 3 1 0
2016vs Right .281 72 15 7 18 1 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-76%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.90 1.43 80.2 4 2 0 6.9 3.6 1.0
Since 2016Away 4.34 1.27 64.1 2 3 1 7.3 2.1 1.4
2018Home 3.92 1.21 43.2 3 2 0 7.0 2.7 0.8
2018Away 3.19 1.13 42.1 1 3 1 6.8 1.9 1.3
2017Home 5.66 1.84 20.2 0 0 0 7.8 3.5 2.2
2017Away 6.39 1.66 12.2 1 0 0 7.1 3.6 1.4
2016Home 1.65 1.47 16.1 1 0 0 5.5 6.1 0.0
2016Away 6.75 1.39 9.1 0 0 0 9.6 1.0 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Blaine Hardy compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
6.9
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
87.9 mph
 
ERA
3.56
 
WHIP
1.17
 
BABIP
.281
 
GB/FB
1.08
 
Strand %
73.6%
 
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2015
Hardy put together a solid 2016 season that he split between Triple-A and the majors. The 29-year-old began the season in the minors, where he had tremendous success, posting a dominant 1.72 ERA in 31.1 innings of work for Triple-A Toledo. Hardy frequently fluctuated between the majors and Triple-A, but was pretty decent during his time in the big leagues this season, earning a 3.51 ERA and a 7.01 K/9. He was also a late-bloomer for the Tigers. As of Aug. 4, Hardy's 2016 major league ERA was 5.84, but a strong finish to his season allowed it to eventually come down to 3.51. One thing he has excelled at has been keeping the ball in the ballpark. After giving up an incredibly low 0.29 HR/9 for Detroit in 2015, the veteran left-hander followed it up with another strong mark of 0.70 HR/9 in 2016.
Hardy had a solid 2015 that looked downright remarkable relative to his bullpen peers. His stuff is average at best, but he somehow managed to deliver a 3.08 ERA in 61.1 innings on the back of a mid-80s fastball. And he allowed just two home runs while ringing up fewer than a strikeout per inning. Hardy's smoke and mirrors approach is working, perhaps because of a remarkably long stride to the plate -- it makes that fastball seem a whole lot faster. He delivered 13 holds in 2015 and should continue to offer the same, if not more, to owners in 2016, but he's a long shot to record more than the occasional vultured save.
The 28-year-old lefty reliever made his major league debut last season, appearing in 38 games out of the Tigers' bullpen. He finished the season 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 31 strikeouts and four holds in 39 innings. On the surface, Hardy was one of the more successful bullpen options for the Tigers in 2014, but there are some chinks in his armor. Hardy walked batters at a high clip (4.6 BB/9) and posted a 3.49 FIP. While he is considered a moderate groundball pitcher, his 0.2 HR/9 and 3.1% HR/FB are both unsustainable. Hardy doesn’t overpower on the mound, but unlike many relievers, he has a four-pitch arsenal (fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup). His fastball sits around 90 mph, and proved to be his most productive pitch last season, but his curveball induces plenty of swings and misses and could be his primary out-pitch going forward. While Hardy was more effective against left-handed hitters, he also managed to hold his own against righties, limiting 93 right-handed batters to a .263/.366/.291 slash line. The Tigers haven’t been shopping around for left-handed bullpen help this offseason, which means Hardy will most likely be one of the team’s top relief southpaws to begin the season. Some regression should be expected, but Hardy could be a sneaky source of holds if his role increases in 2015.
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Could be available this weekend
PDetroit Tigers
Elbow
September 12, 2018
Hardy (elbow) tossed a bullpen session Wednesday and expects to be ready for action against the Indians this weekend, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.
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Dealing with elbow inflammation
PDetroit Tigers
Elbow
September 10, 2018
Hardy is dealing with elbow inflammation, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Returns from disabled list
PDetroit Tigers
August 31, 2018
Hardy (elbow) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
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Beginning rehab assignment Sunday
PDetroit Tigers
Elbow
August 26, 2018
Hardy (elbow) will make his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
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Expected to join bullpen upon return
PDetroit Tigers
Elbow
August 22, 2018
Hardy (elbow) is expected to join the bullpen when activated from the disabled list Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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