Sunday, May 4, 2003

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Bonds vs. Griffey

Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Bonds are two second-generation stars who have taken turns as arguably the best player in the game.

Bonds will turn 39 in July. Griffey is 33.

Here's a look at their stats at a comparable age.

Bonds' stats are at age 32 years and 2 months (1986-96); Griffey's stats are prior to this season (1989-2002). He completed 2002 at age 32.

Bonds Griffey
At-bats 5,537 6,913
Walks 1,082 913
Runs 1,121 1,237
Hits 1,595 2,039
Average .288 .295
Home runs 334 468
RBI 993 1,358
Stolen bases 340 176
HR titles 1 4
RBI titles 1 1
Gold gloves 6 10
All-Star games 6 11
MVPs 3 1
Although Griffey has battled injuries in his four Reds seasons, Bonds offers hope of great things to come. Here's a look at Bonds' stats in the six seasons since the above comparison, entering this season:

Year Avg. HR RBI BB
1997 .291 40 101 145
1998 .303 37 122 130
1999 .262 34 83 73
2000 .306 49 106 117
2001 .328 73 37 177
2002 .370 46 110 198

Duck!

Bonds entered the three-game series against the Reds with 524 career at-bats against them, essentially one season. The damage: a .324 batting average, 53 homers and 136 RBI.

Numbers game

(Entering Saturday)

7: Reds runs scored in Thursday's 7-2 victory over Colorado after two were out.

31: Days the Reds spent in fifth or sixth place. They reached fourth place for the first time with Thursday's victory.

12: Times the Reds had at least 10 strikeouts in their first 29 games.

17: Reds stolen bases in their past 10 games. They stole three in their previous 19 games.

8: Stolen bases by Reds opponents, in 11 attempts.

42: Home runs allowed by Reds pitchers, second most in the major leagues.

43: Home runs by the Reds, tops in the NL and third in the majors.

4.27: The ERA of Reds relievers.

3.23: The ERA of Reds relievers, subtracting the 15 earned runs allowed by Josias Manzanillo, since sent to Triple-A.

The week ahead

Monday vs. St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday vs. St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday vs. St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.

Thursday vs. St. Louis, 12:35 p.m.

Friday vs. Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday vs. Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Sunday vs. Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m.

The skinny: The Reds begin a stretch of 13 games against St. Louis (7) and Milwaukee (6). The Cardinals won last season's series 11-8; the Reds beat the Brewers in 13 of 19 games.




FLYING PIG MARATHON
Locals win Flying Pig
Complete results

REDS SUNDAY GAME
Giants 6, Reds 1
Reds Box, Runs

REDS SATURDAY GAME
Giants 9, Reds 6
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Harnisch putting in his innings
First win of season gives Graves shot of confidence
Aussie takes American game for a kick and a jog
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A

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Frankel accepts defeat in stride
A win for owners, and their home state
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Kitna comes out with early praise for Warrick

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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Tide president made the right call
Alabama players upset by coach's firing

PREP SPORTS
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Court: newspaper may be entitled to Knight records
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AUTO RACING
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Driver Nadeau critical but improving

HOCKEY
Giguere pulled in loss to Stars
Clones lose finale

GOLF
Verplank maintains 3-shot lead

TENNIS
Venus advances

BOXING
De La Hoya stops Campas

SUNDAY SPORTS SPOTLITE
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'I made some very, very poor decisions'
Division II Lewis beats BYU for NCAA title
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PLAN YOUR DAY
This weekend's sports on TV, radio

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