The Orioles couldn’t hit against the Yankees. A .187 average doesn’t win many games.
One of the biggest reasons the Orioles couldn’t hit was they didn’t have Nick Markakis.
Markakis was hit by New York’s CC Sabathia on Sept. 8, breaking his right thumb.
That didn’t help the Orioles’ offense nor their feelings about the star Yankee left-hander. Sabathia didn’t hit Markakis intentionally and the Orioles didn’t retaliate.
When Sabathia dominated the Orioles in two starts, they could only wish Markakis was available.
“I can't tell you how many times during the Yankees series that I didn't think about having Nick on that club and how he ended up on the DL, quite frankly,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“It really hurt us to watch Nick not be able to play, because it meant so much to him.”
Ironically, the best hitter during the five games was Nate McLouth, who batted leadoff in Markakis’ place.
Having Markakis bat leadoff and McLouth lower in the order would strengthened it.
Had the Orioles beaten the Yankees, one of the big questions would have been if Markakis would be ready for the World Series.
Instead, he’ll be ready for spring training.
Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop.
Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.
Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports.
That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C.
While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.
According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.
With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.
Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.
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