The Phillies' strategy?
"We're going right at him," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Then he laughed.
"He's been hot," Manuel said, no longer delusional. "Any time – even when no one's on base; even when he's not hot – he puts a decision in your mind every time he goes to the plate. How you're going to pitch him, what you're going to do. When he's hot, that creates even more of a problem."
Bonds entered last night tied with Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard with nine intentional walks. Bonds will get some more in this series.
"You definitely don't want to pitch to him when there's a man on base," Manuel said. "There's times when you have to: with bases loaded. If you've got a big enough lead, you can pitch to him. We'll monitor every one of his at-bats."
With no lefthanded specialist in the bullpen - ineffective Matt Smith was sent to Triple A on Saturday - Moyer and Hamels might find themselves left in for an extra inning to face Bonds if they prove effective against him early.
"It could be," Manuel said. "The situation in the game will determine that."
The availability of Ryan Madson and Tom Gordon could determine that, too. Bonds is 0-for-3 against Madson and 0-for-2 against Gordon, and 2-for-4 against both Antonio Alfonseca and Brett Myers, who allowed Bonds a homer. *