Markakis struck out in the ninth inning of Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Rockies, ending an MLB high streak. Prior to the ninth inning, Markakis had gone 32 consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout, which was the longest active streak in the majors. The 32-year-old outfielder is hitting .310 in that span with a .394 on-base percentage, but didn't knock in an RBI and only scored two runs.
Markakis went 2-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBI Thursday at the Cubs. Markakis' third homer of the year gave the Braves a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and his second blast of the night tied the game at three in the ninth inning to send the contest to extra innings. He's now hit safely in eight of his last nine games, and he's slashing .257/.334/.362 on the season.
Markakis went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Mets. His first homer came almost exactly a month ago, so expect Markakis to hit his next one just after the All-Star break. Hitting cleanup behind the red-hot Freddie Freeman has its advantages, as despite his general lack of pop Markakis now has five RBI in his last four games.
Markakis is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants. Markakis has had just one day off over the last two weeks, so it makes sense to rest his left-handed bat Thursday against tough southpaw Madison Bumgarner. In his stead, manager Brian Snitker will start an outfield composed of Mallex Smith (left), Ender Inciarte (center) and Jeff Francoeur (right).
Markakis went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Marlins. The veteran outfielder was the hero on the night, as his eighth-inning RBI single plated Gordon Beckham and Freddie Freeman to snap a 2-2 tie. Markakis' multi-hit effort broke a five-game hitless streak, a dubious feat in what has been a forgettable month. The .302 average that the 32-year-old finished April with is now a distant memory, as he's slashsed just .159/.283/.207 in 82 May at-bats. Markakis' season average is down to .238, and without any long-ball contributions to speak of, he's not bringing a great deal to the table fantasy-wise at this point.