J.J. Hardy

The Lineup

The Lineup


Matt Wieters had a terrific April last year before being sidelined with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, a procedure typically reserved for pitchers. Backups Nick Hundley (now on the Colorado Rockies ) and Caleb Joseph handled the pitching staff capably, but neither brings as much with the bat. Though Wieters is starting the year on the disabled list, we expect a return to form, with Joseph as his backup.

First Base

There’s nowhere to go but up. In 2014, Chris Davis struggled mightily, hitting only .196 as he dealt with an oblique injury. Adding insult to injury, he was suspended for...