What, is the Astros' Lance Berkman up for the Heisman Trophy? The Astros today put out a packet of info about Berkman's "remarkable start" and his "stellar career." The packet is titled, "Lance Berkman: Four-time all-star: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006; four-time player of the week, including twice in 2008." Try saying all that without taking a breath.
This week, however, NL player of the week honors went to the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano for his big-league leading 7 homers, 14 RBI, 1.258 slugging percentage and 39 total bases. I asked my Cubs people if they were preparing a similar packet, and they said no. Alfonso will never win the Heisman that way.
There's no doubt Berkman is on fire right now. His .399 batting average entering today was second only to Chipper Jones' .410. He came into today leading the NL in homers (16), RBI (44) multihit games (20), runs (48), hits (65), total bases (131), extra-base hits (33) and slugging percentage (.804). Heck maybe that is Heisman material.
I asked Lou tonight what the scouting reports said. He responded: "Pitch around him." When I covered the 2005 World Series, I thought the one guy the White Sox couldn't let beat them was Berkman, and they didn't.
So who do you like _ for player of the week, Heisman or whatever _ Berkman or Soriano?
Cubs go like this tonight:
Looks like Edmonds will start all three games here in Houston.