Mostly Rough Start To Second Half For O’s

For the second day in a row, the Orioles have lost to the Yankees 6-4. Before that they lost 2-1. They’re just 1-5 since the All-Star break (despite only being outscored 30-32), and now they get the super fun task of going to Fenway Park to play the Red Sox (of they pull out one of three there I’ll be pretty happy). One of the main bright spots this past week has been the reemergence of Nick Markakis’ power. Nick’s hitting a solid .360/.393/.800 in the last six games, and though he’s only walked twice (both in the same game), he has gone deep three times. That brings his season total to a still disappointing 11, which puts him on pace to finish with 19 home runs (though he was on pace for only 15 as of Thursday). July, to an extent, but escpecially August has been the time of year when Nick really heats up with the bat. Including the first half of this year – which will admittedly drag down the early month numbers some – Markakis has a .910 career OPS in July and a 1.027 OPS in August, compared to just .808, .757, and .806 for April through June, with a .787 in September. I don’t put a whole lot of stock in these kinds of splits – he did OPS 1.020 this April – but it’s kind of encouraging nonetheless. [I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the performances of Adam Jones (.360/.407/.640, 2 HR), Brian Roberts (.370/.414/.481), and Gregg Zaun (.714/.778/1.143 in 2 games) since the break. Now they just need some pitching.]