Sports Illustrated’s Ted Keith has named Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis to his “All-Underrated Team.” In fact, Roberts captains the squad of players who “are having quietly excellent years and they did not make the All-Star team.
After a lengthy opening anecdote about Roberts that’s worth reading, Keith writes the following:
How underrated has Roberts been this year? He has more home runs (15) and RBIs (73) than reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia and more hits (164) than Chase Utley. He has a higher on-base percentage (.355) than Robinson Cano, and a higher slugging percentage (.463) than Dan Uggla despite the fact that Uggla has almost twice as many home runs. Roberts is also going to finish the season with over 30 stolen bases, is currently tied for the most runs scored (100) by a second baseman and will likely lead the league in doubles.
Here are a couple of recent Roar from 34 articles about Roberts’ quietly outstanding season: