Nick Markakis RF ATL 4 days ago

Markakis went 4-for-5 with three RBI in Thursday's 5-3 win against Boston.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Markakis had three singles and a double to help the Braves end an eight-game losing streak. Now in his second year with the team, Markakis leads the club in batting average (.305), RBI (19), OBP (.412) and hits (25). He has been a rare bright spot for the worst team in baseball through the first month of the season.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 6 days ago

Markakis is hitting .274 with 15 RBI and eight runs in 73 at-bats this season. He also leads the Braves with nine extra-base hits.

Competitive Edge Analysis

All nine of those hits are doubles, which is a league high. Markakis has nine of the 30 extra-base hits Atlanta has recorded through 20 games. No other National League team has fewer than 48 extra-base hits.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 1 week ago

Markakis has no home runs in 68 at-bats this season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old has hit just three homers in 680 at-bats with the Braves over the last two seasons. In nine prior years in Baltimore, Markakis never had a season with fewer than 10 bombs and hit at least 15 five times. The lack of power has been a problem for the entire Braves lineup. Atlanta has gone homerless for over 14 straight games for the first time since 1970.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 2 weeks ago

Markakis is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Markakis saw a five-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday and the Braves are facing Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, so manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to give him his first day off of the season. Jeff Francoeur will get the start in right field in Markakis' place.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 2 weeks ago

Markakis will bat leadoff against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Wednesday's start marks Markakis' fifth straight atop the batting order. Markakis has been one of the lone bright spots for the Braves in the early going, as he leads the club in batting average (.327) and OBP (.421), and leads all of baseball with nine doubles. It looks like Markakis will continue to set the table until Ender Inciarte (hamstring) returns, with Mallex Smith now batting eighth.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 2 weeks ago

Markakis went 9-for-25 (.360) with five doubles and eight RBI in seven games last week.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He also had five walks versus just two strikeouts. Markakis is still waiting for his first home run of the year, but owners couldn't have expected a much better start from the right fielder. He is slashing .333/.423/.533 with 12 RBI and seven runs in 45 at-bats.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 2 weeks ago

Markakis went 3-for-5 with three RBI, a run and a double Saturday at the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Markakis singled in a pair of runs in the second inning to give the Braves their first lead, and later doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning of the game they'd go on to win. He's now batting .341 along with eight doubles on the season.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 3 weeks ago

Markakis went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI Monday against Washington.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Since starting the season 0-for-5, he has five doubles in the last two games and has reached base in nine of his most recent 21 plate appearances. Markakis is now 8-for-24 (.333) with six doubles, six RBI and four runs through six games this season. The right fielder is the lone bright spot offensively for the 0-6 Braves. His six doubles equal half of Atlanta's extra-base hits through six games.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 3 weeks ago

Markakis went 3-for-6 Sunday with three doubles, a run scored and two RBI.

Competitive Edge Analysis

That's four doubles over the weekend for the veteran outfielder, and Markakis now boasts a .300/.364/.500 slash line on the young season with four runs scored and four RBI in five games. The Braves don't figure to generate a whole lot of offense this season, but a rebound from Markakis out of the two-hole would help boost the team's overall production.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 2 months ago

Markakis went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's spring game. "He put a charge in that one," manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com. "He feels good. This is what we wanted. He's never going to ba guy who hits you 35 home runs. But he's a guy who can give you double-digit home runs. He's healthy, and he had a whole offseason to get stronger. I think we're going to see a different type of Markakis this year."

Competitive Edge Analysis

The homer is especially noteworthy because it came against a left-hander, the Pirates' Steven Brault, and Markakis has managed just one home run against a lefty over the past two seasons. Markakis underwent neck surgery last offseason, which delayed him until late March. While he managed 181 hits in his first season with Atlanta, he had just three homers, falling short of double-digit home runs for the first time in his career.