Markakis is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports. The veteran started 48 of the first 50 games of the season, but he will head to the bench for Thursday's day game. Charlie Culberson gets a rare start in right field against southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
Markakis went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Thursday's rout of the Cardinals. The veteran outfielder continues to thrive in Atlanta. Markakis is now slashing .299/.393/.461 through 44 games with four homers, 25 RBI and 28 runs, and while he isn't matching his pace from last year's explosive first half, his performance has been remarkably similar to his overall numbers from 2018.
Markakis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers. He took Walker Buehler deep in the seventh inning for his fourth homer of the year, and second in as many days. Markakis is at it again -- after a huge first half in 2018, he's now slashing .331/.425/.512 through 35 games to begin 2019.
Markakis went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in a 3-1 victory against the Marlins on Sunday. This was his first homer since April 14. Markakis only has three bombs this year, but he's still managed to record 21 RBI and 22 runs thanks in large part to a .333 average. He's also walked more than he's struck out, giving him a .430 on-base percentage and .925 OPS.
Markakis is starting in right field and batting leadoff Thursday against the Reds. With regular leadoff man Ozzie Albies getting the day off, Markakis will hit atop of the order for the first time in nearly three years. The veteran outfielder is off to a strong start to the season, slashing .329/.411/.481 with two homers and a 13:13 BB:K through 23 games.
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