Nick Markakis RF BAL 6 Days
Nick Markakis went 4-for-4 with a triple and two doubles as the Orioles crushed the Phillies 15-4 on Friday.
Markakis figured to be the Orioles' leadoff man, but manager Buck Showalter has been giving David Lough a long look in that role this spring. While Markakis hit second behind Lough today, that will be Manny Machado's spot once he's healthy. It makes one wonder just where Markakis might hit to begin the year. He's not going to be much of an asset in homers or steals, so much of his value hinges on him batting high in the lineup and racking up a ton of at-bats in front of superior hitters. He still looks like the best option in the leadoff spot from here.
Nick Markakis RF BAL 6 Months
Nick Markakis is back in the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Yankees.
Markakis was on the bench Wednesday because he showed up late to Camden Yards following the birth of his third child. He's batting .271/.323/.357 with nine home runs and 55 RBI in 143 games this season for Baltimore.
Nick Markakis RF BAL 8 Months
Nick Markakis has logged a .367/.412/.400 batting line in 34 July plate appearances.
It's nice to see after Markakis limped to a .229 average in June. Owners are no doubt a little disappointed by Markakis' power output in 2013, as he's hit just one home run since June 1 and logged only eight on the season. He's slugging 49 points below his career average.
Nick Markakis RF BAL 9 Months
Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Orioles beat the Angels on Tuesday.
Markakis came through with a bases-loaded single in the 7th inning to give the Orioles the lead, giving him 37 RBI on the year. The outfielder is now hitting .293/.342/.425 on the year batting leadoff for the O's.