Rising O's wrote:Markakis does not have the mental toughness to hit 3rd. Over his entire career he has shown himself to be a much better and productive hitter in the 2 spot. But it seems all of our managers are incapable of making this connection because they keep putting him back in the 3. After Hardy's 30 HRs last year it should have been a no brainer switch.
I could not agree more. The swap should be made immediately.
Zach wrote:I agree with Rising about Markakis in the 2 spot. He seems more comfortable in this position and it fits his game better (more of a contact hitter than a power hitter). I think that along with Hardy, Chris Davis could be another name to consider for that spot in the lineup. He has the power and has looked a lot more comfortable at the plate this year. Of course, we might not want to mess with a good thing by moving him up.
I think the issue is that he doesn't even hit doubles like he used to. He only had 31 last year and has 5 so far this year. Hopefully he picks it up in the second half like he did last season. But I agree that he does belong in the 2 hole rather than 3.