Giants expect Pence to provide boost to lineup

Giants expect Pence to provide boost to lineup

Giants expect Pence to provide boost to lineup
SAN FRANCISCO -- With rumors circulating for the last few days that the Giants were seeking to trade for Hunter Pence, Giants players welcomed the official news on Tuesday that the two-time All-Star would be joining the lineup.

"From a confidence standpoint, I think it helps everybody," Ryan Theriot said. "Obviously he's in the National League, so we're all pretty familiar with him. I've known him for a long time, played against him for a while, and off the field, too. He's going to fit in just fine and he's going to be a great addition. I'm pretty excited about it."

The .290 career hitter strengthens the heart of the Giants' batting order, with manager Bruce Bochy saying before Tuesday's game that Pence will bat fifth behind Buster Posey until Pablo Sandoval returns from a hamstring injury.

"With him in the lineup and Pablo coming back healthy, I think there are a few different scenarios that can come up as far as the lineup goes, but I think he definitely improves our lineup 100 percent," Posey said.

For four seasons, Theriot competed against Pence in the National League Central while Theriot was on the Cubs and Pence was on the Astros.

"He's one of those guys, like Albert [Pujols], where you take notice when he comes to the plate, from an infield perspective," Theriot said.

Posey said the team didn't need any reminders that general manager Brian Sabean was serious about contending for the postseason, but did say that the deal boosts the confidence within the clubhouse.

"I think it shows they want to put the pieces together to win as much as possible," Posey said.