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Berkman Leads Birds

Berkman Leads Birds

Credit: AP

St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman tosses the bat after connecting for a single, his second hit of the game, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on opening day Thursday, March 31, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

by Jeff Abeln

KMOV.com

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 14 at 4:17 PM

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(KMOV)-- From looking like a team who was quickly heading towards the cellar of the National League Central, the Cardinals pulled a 180 recently winning three of their last four games thanks to an offense that all of the sudden looks like the 1927 Yankees; okay maybe a stretch, but 37 runs in four games is impressive.

There’s a saying in baseball that hitting is contagious and the Redbirds are proving that statement correct. Leading the way is former Cardinal foe, Lance Berkman. Coming off his worst statistical season, I wasn’t sure what Berkman could give the Cardinals. I think he’s becoming more comfortable in right field which is good, and at the plate it appears Berkman thinks it’s 2006 when he hit 45 homeruns and drove in 136 runs. During his last three games Berkman has hit four home runs, and driven in ten.
It’s good to see Berkman starting to produce, because like I said before, hitting is contagious, but Berkman smashing the ball also takes pressure off Albert Pujols. El Hombre is slowly coming out of his slump (five hits and two RBI’s in last two games), and I think he’s ready to have a monster game which should lead to Albert getting back to being Albert. Can we expect Berkman to continue his power surge? No, not at this rate, but if he can hit 20-25 homeruns with 80 RBI’s, it would be a great season for the right fielder. 
The cardinals have come a long way from a team who averaged just over two runs a game earlier in the season. But baseball is a very strange and humbling game, just when you start to get hot, you turn cold and vice versa. So we shouldn’t consider this Cardinals team one of the clubs from the early 1940’s but just be glad they’ve found a way to hit the ball better, much better.

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