05/02/11 8:29 PM ET
Berkman named NL Player of the Week
Cardinals outfielder hits .458, slugs .833 in six games
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
"Obviously when we signed him we thought he had upside offensively, and more importantly we thought he was just going to be a great fit on the club with his personality and everything we had heard in our due diligence," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said before Monday's game. "Understanding that he was always someone, too, who always wanted to play here. That made it more special. To get the performance and production out of him is outstanding."That performance was the third time in Berkman's career that the five-time All-Star homered from both sides of the plate in the same game, the others coming on April 13 and July 3, 2006. The multi-home run game also was his third of the season, making Berkman the first Cardinal to have three multi-home run games in the team's first 25 games of the season. Two other Cardinals, Matt Holliday and David Freese, also were among the players considered for the award. Holliday hit .458, slugged .708 and posted an on-base percentage of .536 during the week. Freese -- who went on the 15-day disabled list with a left-hand fracture on Monday -- hit .400 and posted a .455 on-base percentage.