The slowing of Lance Berkman

 

The slowing of Lance Berkman

 

 

Lance Berkman 

 

Berkman has had some great numbers with the bat in 2006, hitting 45 HR and knocking in 136. But where has his speed gone?

Lance has seen his doubles total shrink in the each of the past three seasons, and he’s also had a rise in his ROB %. During the beginning stages of his career, he was hitting a high amount of doubles (55 in 2001) and had a very respectable ROB for a power hitter (sub 3 twice). I’m not coming out and saying that we will see a decline in his great power numbers, because I don’t think he’ll drop too much from his 06 levels (he could still hit 40HR with 120 RBI in 07). But it does appear that Berkman is now turning from an average speed, good corner outfielder, into a slow, lumbering first baseman type al la a Jim Thome.

 

Season Games Runs Doubles Home Runs RBI;; OBP;;;;;; SLG;;;;;;; OPS;;;;;;; ROB;;;;;;;
2000 114 76 28 21 67 0.388489 0.560907 0.949396 2.563636
2001 156 110 55 34 126 0.430233 0.620451 1.050683 3.447368
2002 158 106 35 42 128 0.404624 0.577855 0.982479 3.71875
2003 153 110 35 25 93 0.412481 0.51487 0.927351 2.894118
2004 160 104 40 30 106 0.449782 0.566176 1.015958 3.77027
2005 132 76 34 24 82 0.410619 0.523504 0.934124 4
2006 152 95 29 45 136 0.419505 0.621269 1.040773 4.52
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  • I think he strained or tore his acl/mcl playing flag football which might be why.