jonnylons Posted September 29, 2003 Share Posted September 29, 2003 Barry Bonds. That is the focus most teams take to beating the Giants. They figure, if they walk him, and dont let him hit - they can win. Problem is, that does not seem to work, much like the Haq-a-Shaq strategy has not worked. No, what you have to do is keep the guys in FRONT of Bonds off base, and pitch to Bonds. Challenge him. Very few challenge him, and if they do, they try too hard and make a slight mistake. That is all it takes with Bonds - he is a great player. But here is the lineup they most used during the season: 1 Durham 2 Snow * 3 Grissom * 4 Bonds 5 Alfonzo (and Santiago) 6 Santiago (Aurilia) 7 Alfonzo (and Cruz, Jr) 8 Cruz, Jr (and Torrealba) * Aurilia has gotten a lot of PA in these slots, 142, 240 respectively. So we are looking at a combination of Durham, Snow, Grissom, Aurilia in front of Bonds. Here are their stats (for season): Durham OBP .364 AVG .284 Snow .388, .272 Grissom .322, .300 (20HR) Aurilia .325, .277 Compared to us: Pierre .361, .305 Castillo .381, .314 Pudge .369, .297 You can see, our hitters actually have higher averages and higher OPS. In fact, I would say that it is NOT as formidable as it may seem to keep the top 3 of the Giants off base. It seems that the bottom half of the lineup of the Giants is more productive than the top. Alfonzo 12 HR .718 OPS Santiago 11, .753 Cruz 20, .780 Alfonzo K'd only 40 times in 512 ABs. That means he is going to put the ball in play. If only Barry is on base, that is ok because Bonds does not have the speed he once did. But if you pitch to Bonds - and keep those in front off the bases - he hits a solo home run or gets out. It seems the key is to keep the top of the lineup off the base and force Bonds and the bottom half to set the table - by doing that you keep from having the big inning ignited. And you keep their offense at bay, no pun intended. HEY - LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ALL THINK... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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