dan72 wrote:So how does the loss of Markakis effect the team going down the stretch? Early report is out 6 weeks. IMO this could cost the Orioles the playoffs. Nick has been a veteran leader, a table setter, a gold glove defender and a fan favorite.
Anyone think that was an intential hit on Nick?
The very idea that CC hit Markakis intentionally on an 0-2 count with 2 outs with a lot on the line for the Yankees, just doesn't make sense.
Does this help them, probably not. Is it as lethal as some are suggesting, probably not either. The margin for error just a got less. But who knows, maybe this adversity makes them hungrier. Truth be told I think it hurts them though, since he's been such a catalyst in the leadoff spot. His fielding is somewhat easier to replace IMO, he's been limited in that department somewhat since coming back anyways.
If I learned one thing this year, it's not to count the O's out. They've battled back every time this year, that's happened.
Of course Nick's injury gives the convinient excuse in the event they miss the playoffs by a game or two to play the "IF" game.