Baltimore Orioles' "Underrated" Roberts and Markakis Still Losing in Charm City

Jarrett CarterAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2009

BOSTON - JUNE 10:  Brian Roberts #1 and Nick Markakis #21 of the Baltimore Orioles are congratulated by teammates in the dugout after they scored on a single by Aubrey Huff #17 in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park June 10, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Courtesy of the Roar from 34, we now know that the Orioles lead the league in underrated players.  And that’s a shame, because the Sports Illustrated piece gives a faulty impression that the Orioles are talented enough to compete in the major leagues.

Is there any benefit to being underrated if you’re Nick Markakis or Brian Roberts?  Is it a nicer way of saying ‘you’re great, but not great enough to make your team better?’  Not even.  Roy Halladay isn’t underrated.  Neither is Ryan Zimmerman.  People know how good they are, despite the organizational quagmires in which they play.

So, it’s nice of Sports Illustrated to put a pretty spin on the Orioles’ ugly season.  But it doesn’t go a long way in making the team, or Markakis's and Roberts’s contributions, seem that much more important in this, the 12th consecutive losing season in Charm City.