Giants' Slugger Barry Bonds Goes For Record Against Dodgers Print
Thursday, 02 August 2007 12:00
MLB Headline News

Bonds Seeks Elusive 755

After a dismal July, August hasn't started out any better for Barry Bonds.

The slumping slugger tries again to tie Hank Aaron's all-time home run record Thursday night when the San Francisco Giants close a three-game road series against the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bonds went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk and remained at 754 home runs - one shy of Aaron's mark - in Wednesday's 6-4 loss. He's hitless in 19 at-bats against the Dodgers since a single April 26, and is batting .118 (4-for-34) against Los Angeles this season.

Oddsmakers from have made Los Angeles -122 money line favorites (MLB Odds) for todays game, the over/under has been set at 8.5 total runs (Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 57% of bets for this game have been placed on Los Angeles -122 (View MLB Bet Percentages).

"Let's not talk about that too much,'' Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. "We don't want to jinx ourselves right now, but we're pitching him tough, and the pressure's on his side. He's the one who has to break the record.''

Bonds' .186 average in July (11-for-59) was his lowest in a month since April 1991, when he hit .177 for Pittsburgh. Since moving within one homer of Aaron's record Friday night in San Francisco, he's 1-for-12 with eight walks.

"Well, the man's 43,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "To expect him to do what he did in his prime is asking a lot. ... I think without question he's not seeing as many strikes, and they're being very careful. He's not getting a lot to hit right now.''

Brett Tomko (2-8, 5.57 ERA), a former Giant, is scheduled to pitch Thursday for the Dodgers. The right-hander has given up one homer to Bonds in 22 at-bats and walked him 13 times.

Bochy said that Bonds would be in the lineup each day as long as he felt good enough to play.

"He feels great - most likely,'' Bochy said of the chances of Bonds playing Thursday.

While most of the focus has been on Bonds, the Dodgers (58-49) are concerned with catching red-hot Arizona for the NL West lead. Los Angeles scored four eighth-inning runs Wednesday to halt a three-game losing streak and remain one game behind the Diamondbacks, who have won 10 of 11.

Luis Gonzalez tied the game with a two-run single and Nomar Garciaparra followed with a two-run homer.

On July 7, 2006, Garciaparra also hit a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the eighth at Dodger Stadium to trump Bonds' 720th home run as Los Angeles won 9-7.

"I don't know if I'm trying to steal anybody's thunder,'' Garciaparra said. "I'm just trying to win ballgames, and today was a good win. We needed that win.''

Omar Vizquel had three doubles and two RBIs for the Giants (46-59), who had won five of six.

Tomko makes his fourth start since moving back into the rotation. He pitched well in his first two starts after relieving for more than a month, allowing one earned run in 11 innings. He wasn't nearly as sharp in a 6-2 loss Saturday at Colorado, yielding five runs and seven hits over six innings.

Tomko pitched the Dodgers to a 5-3 victory at San Francisco on July 15. He gave up three runs - one earned - and four hits in five innings. He's 3-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts against the Giants.

Barry Zito (7-10, 5.28) looks to rebound from two straight dismal starts. Since beating the Cubs 4-2 on July 17, the left-hander has been reached for 13 runs and 16 hits in 9 1-3 innings over the two outings.

Zito, who will be making his fifth road start in six appearances, is 4-7 with a 5.94 ERA in 12 starts away from home. He's 1-5 with a 7.52 ERA in his last nine starts overall, failing to pitch past the sixth inning seven times in that span.

Zito's first start against the Dodgers in a Giants uniform was not a good one, as he allowed a season-high eight runs and nine hits in six innings of a 10-4 loss April 8. He's 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA in three career starts against Los Angeles.

by: Michael Cash - – Email Us

More MLB Baseball coverage from

 - MLB news wire
 - Current MLB Injuries
 - 2007 MLB standings
 - 2007 MLB schedule
 - 2007 MLB Umpire sheet
 - 2007 MLB stats
 - MLB scoreboard
 - Expert MLB picks
 - Accuscore predictions
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for daily newsletter
 - MLB home 


MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 954 Washington Nationals 86%
#2 966 Detroit Tigers 86%
#3 964 St Louis Cardinals 81%
#4 975 Cleveland Indians 81%
#5 960 San Francisco Giants 80%
#6 971 Los Angeles Angels 80%
#7 967 New York Yankees 79%
#8 978 Seattle Mariners 79%
#9 952 New York Mets 76%
#10 956 Pittsburgh Pirates 75%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.