I was a bit surprised when the Texas Rangers signed Lance Berkman to be their full-time designated hitter. Berkman struggled through injuries last season and played in just 32 games, but had 31 home runs the year before. Everyone knows that he is a Texas native as well and while the Houston Astros would have been the perfect fit, the slugger went to the Rangers and has been hammering the baseball early on.
Berkman is leading the Rangers with a .389 average to go with his eight RBIs. I didn’t think he would come out with this much still left in the tank at 37-years-old.
There is a real potential that Berkman could get to 400 home runs if he can play through next season since he already has 361 right now, though I’m not sure that he can continue doing what he is at this point. The rest of the Texas offense has been bad early on outside of Berkman, and it’s really been up to him to carry the offense as the Rangers have begun the season with an 8-5 record.
Berkman is likely going to take a seat over the next three days starting Tuesday with the team in Chicago to face the Chicago Cubs so that means no DH. Is it possible that slows Berkman down? I could also see the Rangers starting Berkman at first base for at least one game just to keep his bat in the lineup in a season where he’s been proving doubters wrong thus far.