As for those struggling, Markakis is professional hitter who has never hit below .284, is a career .293 hitter and will be around the .300 mark again this season when all is said and done. Hardy is also someone who started off slow, but a five-hit, two-home run Sunday certainly freshened up some previously dismal numbers. The final player in the group is Reynolds, who is the biggest beneficiary of Nolan Reimold's injury. With third base threat Wilson Betemit now needed in left, Reynolds has responded nicely with home runs in his last two games, and now can assume to be on the lineup card every day, something that wasn't happening with Reimold in the lineup. Those elements of the Orioles offense are for real and will continue to be. The jury is still out on whether the Birds' pitching will be able to stay as effective through a full AL East summer.