Lance Berkman again a hitting machine

In his first season with the Cardinals, Big Puma back in his comfort zone at the plate

Originally Published: May 5, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Lance Berkman has a reputation as one of baseball's premier hitting pessimists. This might seem odd for a player with a .959 OPS, which ranks him 19th on the game's career list ahead of such luminaries as Alex Rodriguez, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. But catchers and umpires throughout the game know the drill by now. When Berkman takes a funky hack and misses a pitch by a whole lot, he'll respond with a self-admonishing "Come on, Lance'' and an expression so pained it might elicit a chuckle if the ...

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