Friday, May 7, 2010
Dan Connolly asked yesterday "which Orioles hitter has disappointed you most?" He lists lots of candidates: Luke Scott, Garrett Atkins, Nolan Reimold, Adam Jones, Cesar Izturis, and... Nick Markakis. And one person picked Markakis! How is this possible? Markakis is currently hitting .312/.411/.486, numbers which are a career high in batting average, on-base percentage and just .005 shy of a career high in slugging percentage. He has 11 doubles, good for third in the American League. If you are disappointed in Markakis, it is because he only has 9 RBI. But it's kind of hard to get any RBI when you're hitting behind a lead-off batter posting a .242 on-base percentage. Which, of course, means that Adam Jones and his 3 walks in 128 plate appearances is the easy answer for most disappointing hitter.