Nick Markakis isn't happy about the Orioles' play of late, and the usually quiet outfielder had plenty to say about it.
"I know we have a lot of injured guys, we’re in the toughest division in baseball and we’re a last-place team. But at this point, it’s mind boggling," Markakis told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec.
Markakis wasn't just talking about the team's disastrous 18-48 record entering play Wednesday. He had gripes about the team's overall approach, and wasn't afraid to finger himself as aprt of the problem.
“Sometimes, guys are going up there and it looks like they have no idea what they’re doing," he said.
"I’m not saying that to bash guys. I want guys to be successful, I want this team to be successful, and I have to produce as well. I'm part of this. But it takes a lot more than one big bat. ... You need guys in there who have a plan, who have a clue and who know how to execute that plan and get on base. "
Even though Markakis said he himself must produce better, he's among the best hitters on the team along with Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott. Markakis' .300 batting average leads the club, although he's suffering a mysterious power outage that has seen the former 20-home run man jack just three bombs all season long.
"You have to go up there with an approach. [Hitting coach Terry Crowley] has 110 percent nothing to do with the way we are going about our business at the plate and on the field right now," Markakis continued.
The O's currently rank 29th in runs scored with 214 and are closer to last place (Pittsburgh, 210) than 28th (Houston, 226). The club's on base percentage is slightly better, placing 27th but is just mere percentage points ahead of Toronto for worst OBP for an AL club. And of course, the Jays have their MLB-leading103 home runs sustaining them.
"You can point your fingers here and there, but it is what it is. You’re in the big leagues. You have to change your approach on your own. If you go up there clueless, you’re going to come back [to the dugout] clueless. It’s that simple."
Interim manager Juan Samuel and Wigginton, when asked about Markakis' comments, were in agreement about the team's poor offensive plan.
-- Evan Brunell
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