Baltimore’s Nick Markakis Looks Like the Guy We Thought He Would Be After Breakout 2007 Season

By David Atlas
Nick Markakis
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Party like it’s 2007, Baltimoreans. Actually, don’t do that, the Baltimore Orioles were terrible in 2007. Nick Markakis on the other hand, was a complete stud in 2007 and now in 2014, Markakis looks like the guy who played in 2007. So for that, you can party.

Nick Markakis is the hottest hitter in baseball right now and the Baltimore Orioles couldn’t be happier.

Upon having his breakout 2007 season, Markakis was widely considered one of the better hitters in baseball. Markakis finished the year with 23 home runs, 43 doubles and 112 RBIs with an impressive batting average of .300. He was the spark to the Orioles offense.

Back to the point though, Markakis is hot. Now, in 2014, Markakis looks more and more like the player who everyone thought he would be. Despite being a consistent hitter and an outstanding fielder throughout most of his career, he never really lived up to his expectations in many people’s eyes, but now, nearly a decade later, Markakis looks like a complete stud once again.

After Saturday night’s game against the Houston Astros, Markakis now has a 17-game hit streak, which is the longest active-streak in baseball. Early in the season, Markakis is hitting .317 with two home runs and 12 RBIs, add in six doubles and a triple and you get a very respectable .416 slugging percentage. Right now it wouldn’t be unreasonable to predict that Markakis finishes the year hitting above .300 with 35+ doubles, 15+ home runs and 70+ RBIs, which is exactly the Markakis who the Orioles need.

The Orioles have plenty of power hitters, they need a consistent spark who can drive in some runs on his own and so far in 2014, Nick Markakis has done exactly that.

David Atlas is a Baltimore Orioles writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter (@DavidAtlasRants) or add him to your circles on Google+.

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