Two stars likely bound for the Hall of Fame and chasing major career milestones collide as Barry Bonds faces Tom Glavine on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets continue their three-game series.
Bonds has 744 career home runs and looks to continue his march toward Hank Aaron’s all-time record of 755 against Glavine (3-1, 3.27 ERA), who is seven wins shy of becoming the 23rd pitcher in history to record 300 victories. Bonds, who leads the Giants with a .338 batting average, is tied for the NL lead with 10 homers.
He is hitting .325 (26-for-80) with three home runs and 15 walks lifetime against Glavine.
“Is he the greatest player of our era? Probably,” Glavine told the Mets’ official Web site. “I mean, he’s done things that nobody in this game has ever done. Not just the home run part. He’s a pretty complete player.”
Glavine is 19-15 with a 3.60 ERA in 42 career starts versus the Giants, and went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts last season.
The left-hander has gone three straight starts without factoring in a decision. The 41-year-old allowed four runs and five hits in six innings as the Mets (19-12) beat Arizona 9-4 on Thursday.
Bonds wasn’t much of a factor on Monday, but Bengie Molina was as the Giants (17-14) opened the series with a 9-4 victory. Molina drove in five runs with two home runs in a nine-run fifth inning, making him the first Giants player to accomplish the feat since Willie McCovey in 1977.
“I don’t know what to say, man. I’ve never done this,” Molina said. “I’m not thinking anything right now, I’m so excited. … It’s awesome. Not bad company at all.”
Molina is 12-for-24 in his last seven games, and batting .364 (20-for-55) this season at AT&T Park, where the Giants have won three of their last four.
The Mets, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back games after a four-game win streak. They haven’t lost three straight games yet this season.
Moises Alou—sidelined since Thursday with a sore knee—went 0-for-4 in his return to San Francisco, where he played the last two seasons before joining the Mets last winter. Alou is mired in a 3-for-23 (.130) slump in his last six games, but hopes to pull out of it at AT&T Park, where he hit .348 in 2006.
New York hopes to rebound against San Francisco’s Matt Cain (1-2, 3.08). Cain had his first rough outing of the year on Thursday, when he was tagged for seven runs in three innings and took the loss in a 9-7 defeat against Philadelphia that doubled his ERA.
Cain is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.