SAN FRANCISCO -- Due to the timing of the trade that sent him from Philadelphia to San Francisco and sheer coincidence, Hunter Pence has not played against the Cincinnati Reds this season."They don't know what's coming," the Giants right fielder said. Pence was joking, of course. But the Giants know what's coming from the power-hitting, power-pitching Reds in the Division Series. The National League West champions realize they must operate at peak efficiency to contend with Cincinnati, which defeated them in four of seven regular-season games. Asked which of the Reds' tendencies concerned him most, manager Bruce Bochy essentially said, "Everything." His actually response was, "Just how well-balanced they are. They execute well and catch the ball. They're not a team that's going to beat themselves."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.