Davis, Os know the next week is crucial to WC chase
BALTIMORE – The last Orioles manager who wrote Nick Markakis’ name into the seventh spot was Sam Perlozzo.
That was more than six years and three managers ago. On May 6, 2007, early in his second year with the Orioles, Markakis batted seventh.
Since then, he’s generally hit third, or beginning in July 2012, first. He’s also batted fifth four times this year.
Markakis is in a longball drought. Entering Monday’s game, Markakis hadn’t hit a home run since June 24 nor had he an extra base hit since July 19. His last 28 hits have all been singles.
Since the last home run, his batting average has dropped some, from .292 to .278. The decline hasn’t been radical because only twice has he gone consecutive games without hits.
“The first thing I think about is how much we all trust Nick and the things that he impacts our club with every day. It isn’t just hitting a ball that allows you to get more than one base,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“Nicky’s a contributor and somewhere along the line, he’s going to revert to his track record.”
Markakis has been working with Terry Crowley, his first batting coach with the team, who’s currently an organizational hitting instructor. Showalter is convinced the powerless Markakis won’t be a problem for long.
“The list of things I concern myself with, that’s way down the list,” Showalter said.