Bochy could use the Mike Scioscia approach. The Angels manager intentionally walked Bonds seven times in the 2002 World Series. Walking Bonds, who hit four homers in the seven games, is a losing strategy during the course of the regular season. The Giants score 30-to-35 percent of the time when Bonds is put on base. Bonds has walked a Major League record 2,426 times in his 21-year big-league career. He's also scored 2,152 runs.But in that World Series, had Bonds been given even two more chances to hit a home run, the Angels might have lost. Pujols hasn't really been afforded the Bonds treatment yet, mostly because guys like Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen and Reggie Sanders have made opposing teams pay when they pass on pitching to Big Albert over the years. Pujols has never walked more than 97 times in a season. Bonds has the record with 232 walks in 2003 season, with 120 of the free passes handed to the slugger intentionally -- also a record. "Almost every time they've tried it they've been burned," La Russa said about walking Pujols. "So they say, 'Well, that didn't work. We'll try and get Albert out.'" Bochy has a tendency to challenge big hitters, anyway. Bonds has hit 85 of his 734 homers against the Padres, far and away his most against any opposing team. But too many times, that strategy of going right at Bonds has been disastrous, just as it was last week with Pujols in St. Louis. "We had a one-run lead at the time," Bochy said about that situation. "Do you put the winning run on second and tying run on third? That's a difficult call." It wasn't for Buck Showalter in the day when he managed the Diamondbacks. Holding a two-run lead in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, Showalter walked Bonds intentionally to force in a run. Brent Mayne flied out to end the game. You have to admire the guts. You have to admire the moxie and creativity. Jake Peavy, the Game 1 starter for the Padres, said that Pujols "was obviously not human" and that he wouldn't balk at walking him every time in a critical situation. "I mean Pujols is the guy you cannot let beat you in this lineup," Peavy said. Bochy needs to consider it very intently this week, when the player who casts the longest shadow on the series has a chance to win another crucial game.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.