A Thorn in Barry Bonds' Side: 10 Pitchers Who Made His Life Hell
Barry Bonds could quite go down as the most dangerous hitter Major League Baseball has ever seen. Steroids or no steroids, Bonds eye at the plate was matched by a select few.
Bonds is a guy who was walked intentionally with the bases loaded just so he wouldn't hit a homerun. So, the question is what 10 pitchers gave Bonds the most problems with the minimum being at least 25 at-bats for Bonds?
Number 10: Rick Mahler
I'm not too familiar with Rick Mahler, but he seemed to be a pitcher that was durable. He threw a lot of innings, which meant he started a lot of games. He led the National League in innings pitched twice. But since he threw a lot of innings he also gave up a lot of hits. On four occasions he gave up the most amount of hits in the National League.
So, it's rather surprising Bonds didn't have success against him.
Bonds had 34 at-bats against Mahler and had six hits. This means his batting average was .176, he had one double, an RBI, five strikeouts, and two walks.
Number 9: David Cone
David Cone got his numbers against bonds when he was with the Mets. He'll be most remembered for his perfect game pitched while he was with the New York Yankees, but he can also add to the list he was deadly against Barry Bonds.
Bonds had 40 at-bats against Cone and only had seven hits off of him for a batting average of .175, he had a double, a homerun, four RBI, four strikeouts, and four walks.
Number 8: Mike Scott
It's not surprising that Mike Scott had success against Bonds. He was a strikeout pitcher who could eat up a lot of innings. Some of his accomplishments were that he led the National League in starts with 36 in 1987, led the league in strikeouts with 306 in 1986, a year in which he lead the league in shutouts, ERA, and innings pitched.
Bonds had 29 at-bats against Scott and managed five hits, good for an average of .172, he had two doubles, six strikeouts, and two walks. Whats most impressive is that Bonds did not hit a homerun or have a RBI against Scott.
Number 7. Mark Portugal
Mark Portugal was a Giant for a while and now the acquisition makes sense. Portugal made life miserable for Bonds.
In 25 at-bats Bonds had just four hits good for an average of .160. He had two doubles, four RBI, two strikeouts, and six walks.
Number 6: Mike Maddux
If you were to ask which Maddux had more success against Bonds Greg or Mike? I would have said, Greg. Just because of his career and his ability to work the corners, but maybe that worked to Bonds advantage because it was actually Mike Maddux that did a tremendous job against Bonds.
Bonds had 27 at-bats against Maddux and had four hits. This resulted in a batting average of .148, he did have two doubles, a homerun, four RBI, five strikeouts, and five walks.
Number 5: Tim Belcher
Tim Belcher pitched for a while in the big leagues. From what I remember he was more finesses then overpowering, but Belcher did give Bonds problems and Bonds had 42 at-bats against him.
Bonds had six hits, an average of .143, two doubles, a homer, three RBI, 11 strikeouts and six walks.
Number 4: Jesse Orosco
Jesse Orosco lived the mantra as long as your left handed you can pitch forever. He played a long time and was an effective reliever for many years.
Against Bonds, Orosco was nearly lights out. In 28 at-bats, Bonds only had four hits which gave him an average of .143. He did hit two homeruns, had five rbis, walked just twice, and struck out nine times. Not too shabby for a crafty lefty.
Number 3: Paul Assenmacher
Paul Assenmacher was another lefty and he threw harder than Orosco, but was around for a long time too. He gave Bonds fits as a reliever.
Bonds had 37 at-bats, just five hits, an average of .135, three doubles, a homer, four RBI, four walks, and 12 strikeouts.
Not really much to say here except that Assenmacher did a great job against Bonds.
Number 2: Chuck McElroy
I remember when I was sick and I stayed home school and the Cubs were usually playing a day game. Whenever the Cubs needed a left handed reliever it was Chuck McElroy who was solid out of the bullpen for the Cubs.
Even better though is that he was a Bonds killer. Bonds had very little success against him. In 33 at-bats Bonds had just three hits, an average of .091, a double, two homers, five RBI, a walk, and six strikeouts.
Number 1: Mike Bielecki
Mike Bielecki is a shocker to me. For a guy to be able to take on Bonds and hold him down. The reason it's a shocker is because he had a couple of good seasons as a starer, but struggled throughout his career.
Bonds had 35 at-bats against him and only had three hits, which gave him a batting average of .086, he a double, a homer, three RBI, six walks, and eight strikeouts.
1. Bonds had the most career at-bats against Greg Maddux a total of 130, the most hits off a pitcher was also Madux with 34, and Maddux struck him out the most with 16 punchouts of Bonds.
2. Tom Glavine gave up the most doubles to Bonds with six.
3. Al Leiter, Bob Ojeda, Glavine, and Darryl Kyle gave up the most triples to Bonds with Bonds getting two.
4. John Smoltz, Chad Ho Park, Curt Schilling, Maddux, and Terry Mulholland gave up the most homeruns to Bonds with eight.
5. The most rbis Bonds got off any pitcher was Schilling. This in my opinion explains why Schilling went off on Bonds.
6. He walked the most from Smoltz and Maddux both walked him 23 times.
7. Bonds highest batting average was .545 off of Kevin Tapani
8. Maddux and Schilling also gave up the most intentional walks to Bonds with eight each.