Berkman certainly needs no introduction, as he was a potent middle-of-the-order bat for a decade, and joined Bagwell and Biggio as a member of the Killer B’s. Still, his accomplishments with the Astros are impressive enough to examine.
He’s the club’s all-time leader in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. He’s also second in team history in home runs, third in RBIs, doubles and walks, and fifth in hits. He was a five-time All Star with the Astros and had four top-five MVP award finishes.
Berkman also holds single-season club records in RBIs and extra-base hits, and home runs for a switch-hitter. In short, he was one of the most feared hitters of his time and a key part of the Astros’ success in the 2000s.
The Wizard finished his Astros career with 143 wins, one shy of Niekro’s franchise record. He’s second in club history in strikeouts, third in innings pitched and third in games started. His ERA as an Astro is lower than that of Ryan and Scott. His .634 winning percentage is third to Roger Clemens and Justin Verlander.
He had five Top-Five Cy Young Award finishes in Houston, garnered MVP votes four times and was a three-time All Star. He had a pair of 20-win seasons in an era when it was becoming less common, and he had seasons in which he led the league in wins, winning percentage, ERA, games started and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Oswalt was the staff ace for a decade, even when surrounded by guys like Clemens and Andy Pettitte. He was also the NLCS MVP in 2005, going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA against St. Louis. There would not have been a World Series appearance that year without Oswalt.