Berkman named NL Player of the Week
Slugger belts four dingers, knocks in 12 while slugging 1.136
PHOENIX -- Lance Berkman is off to one of the best starts of his career, and on Monday, he was rewarded for his offensive contributions through the Astros' six-game winning streak when he was named National League Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America.
From April 20 through Sunday, Berkman led the NL with 12 RBIs and a 1.136 slugging percentage, while tying for the NL lead with four homers and 25 total bases.
He hit .455 (10-for-22) with one double and one triple and recorded a .517 on-base percentage. On Thursday at Cincinnati, the four-time All-Star went 3-for-3, including a three-run home run and a double. The home run was the 18th of his career at Great American Ball Park, giving the Houston slugger the most for any opposing player at that stadium, which opened in 2003.
Berkman's dominance over Cincinnati is not only restricted to the team's downtown ballpark, as he boasts more career home runs (42) and more RBIs (120) against them than any active Reds opponent.
Berkman also hit two homers against St. Louis on Saturday. He recorded three multihit games and four multi-RBI games and hit safely in six of seven games en route to capturing his third career weekly award.
"It always seems like whatever kind of week you had, somebody always does something better," he said. "So to be picked is great."
Berkman edged out teammate Miguel Tejada, who hit .414 last week with one homer and seven RBIs. Arizona's Brandon Webb (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 strikeouts), Colorado's Garrett Atkins (.344, three homers, nine RBIs) and Philadelphia's Pat Burrell (.375, two homers, eight RBIs) were also candidates.
"We had a great week and Miggy's a great part of our success as a team," Berkman said. "For me, personally, he creates a lot of opportunities, getting on base. He's a great hitter. You're always helped by being in there with Miggy and Carlos Lee."
Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment. Rays pitcher James Shields won this week's AL award.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Berkman with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishments as Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.