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Stroll through the stats

8/23/2001

A few notes on the player who stretches with his own flex guy, disdains the clubhouse spread for more nutritional fare, and doesn't play cards with Jeff Kent:

  • After hitting home run No. 55 on Thursday night -- just a ninth-inning, pinch-hit blast that broke a 5-5 tie in Montreal -- Barry Bonds now has a slugging percentage of .827, a season mark bettered only by a guy named Ruth and a total that would shatter the National League record of .756 set by Rogers Hornsby in 1925.

  • His OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is now a robust 1.317 -- which would be the third-best ever, trailing only a couple seasons by that Ruth character.

  • He's on pace for 163 walks, which would be the second-highest total of all time (Ruth again, with 170).

  • He's hitting .384 and slugging .943 with runners on base.

  • He's hittting .365 and slugging .932 with runners in scoring position. Of course, he usually gets walked in that situation. Entering Thursday's game, he had 74 at-bats with runners in scoring position and 51 walks (25 intentional). Sammy Sosa, by comparison, has 107 at-bats with runners in scoring position and 48 walks.

  • He only has five at-bats with the bases loaded this year. But he's 4-for-5 with two home runs and 13 RBI. Sosa, by comparison, has 26 RBI in 14 at-bats with the bases loaded.

  • Against Arizona, the team his Giants are battling for the NL West title, Bonds is hitting .326, slugging .870 and has seven home runs and 14 RBI in 13 games.

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  • Entering Thursday, Sosa was hitting .409 with 14 home runs and 28 RBI in 23 games since Fred McGriff joined the Cubs. Of course, Wednesday's three-homer game came with the Crime Dog on the bench.

  • With three hits in Thursday's win over Detroit, Ichiro is on pace for 247 hits -- short of George Sisler's record 257, but the most since Bill Terry and Chuck Klein had 254 and 250 in 1930 (that was the year the National League hit .304 as a league).

  • Randy Johnson is up to 303 strikeouts, putting him on pace for 390 -- seven more than Nolan Ryan's record 383 set in 1973.

  • Proof that saves can be overrated? The Twins' LaTroy Hawkins is 27-for-33 in save chances, even though he's allowed an obscene 51 hits and 34 walks in 44.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .288 off him. Blue Jays closer Billy Koch is 29-for-34, but opponents are hitting .284 off him.

  • Mike Hampton before the All-Star break: 9-5, 4.02 ERA; after the break: 3-5, 8.72 ERA. His road ERA is 5.24, just below his Coors ERA of 5.28. He's hitting .367 and slugging .800 at home as a batter, however.

  • Wonder how valuable Ichiro has been to the Mariners and why Derek Jeter has moved into the leadoff spot for the Yankees? A quick look at how each team's No. 1 hitters have fared this year in the American League:
    Team OBP SLG OPS SB Runs RBI
    Texas .377 .492 .869 14 89 74
    Seattle .376 .462 .837 43 107 65
    Toronto .339 .488 .826 18 91 57
    Minnesota .345 .460 .805 27 82 41
    Chicago .327 .440 .767 17 82 51
    Detroit .340 .419 .759 52 81 50
    New York .337 .376 .713 35 72 46
    Cleveland .323 .386 .709 18 94 54
    Anaheim .338 .355 .693 15 65 41
    Oakland .321 .368 .689 24 91 42
    Tampa Bay .321 .357 .679 28 74 39
    Boston .297 .329 .626 3 71 44
    Baltimore .302 .297 .599 20 63 49
    Kansas City .277 .308 .586 12 65 43

    David Schoenfield is the baseball editor at ESPN.com.