Comment by VORP is too nerdy — August 12, 2013 @ 4:38 pm
Check out his speed numbers this year too. 0-2 on SB attempts, and 0 triples. A speed score 2.0 after being above 3.2 in every year of his career. I think this is another parameter Jeff Zimmerman uses to assess injuries, and Markakis certainly fits the bill.
Might have got off the juice after the 6 yr deal, or stopped working out as much. Watch for a rebound his contract year.
This is the danger of long term deals, some players become different players, either because their work ethic changes, and/or they get off the PED’s. Sure age related decline might be some of it, but we see guys like Papi having a great year at 37, and Ibanez hitting for power north of 40.
Comment by Feeding the Abscess — August 13, 2013 @ 1:48 am
I still like Nick as our rightfielder, he is the most reliable guy at the plate and also plays above average rightfield. Who would you really want to come to bat if you absolutely needed a hit(on the current Orioles) he is a class act and is capable of going on a power tear at anytime. However, he is choking up alot this year, this is probably for the team as he hits lead off and against lefties, I believe his role has changed under Buck, you cant swing for the fences when your job is to get on base.
Yeah, as an Orioles fan I don’t want him going anywhere. The hamate issue is a likely culprit. I haven’t seen a quantitative analysis of how often it results in significant ISO drops, but anecdotally that almost always seems to happen and I avoid those players in fantasy drafts.