First Astros position player to receive honor since 2001
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Lance Berkman was named National League Player of the Month for May, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.
Berkman batted .387 (36-for-93) with 10 doubles, nine homers and 24 RBIs last month. He scored 20 runs and compiled a .521 on-base percentage, as well as a .785 slugging percentage.
"There were some great performances in May," Berkman said. "On the one hand you're happy to have a month that was one of the best in baseball, but then again, it's just one month. You want to try to keep it going."
Lance Berkman / LF
Weight: 220 lbs
Bats: S / Throws: L
Berkman homered in nine of his last 15 games and was hitting .424 (25-for-59) with nine homers and 18 RBIs in 15 games since May 16 entering the series finale in Chicago.
"His numbers certainly dictate that he is one of the top players in the running for Player of the Month," manager Jimy Williams said. "He's certainly earned that award and recognition with the type of month that he had.
"The big thing for me, I don't know what he hit, but how many walks did this man have? (answer: 24) He was a very patient hitter. When his pitches were in the strike zone, he put the barrel of the bat on the ball."
Berkman has reached base in 33 consecutive games, tying the longest streak in a single season for a Houston player. Jeff Bagwell reached in 33 consecutive games from June 25-July 31, 1999.
Only in his fourth full season in the big leagues, the left fielder ranks sixth on the franchise career list with 140 homers.
Berkman is the first Astros position player to win the Player of the Month honor since Bagwell in July 2001 and the 14th all-time. Roger Clemens is the last Astro to win a monthly award, as he earned NL Pitcher of the Month honors in April.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.