HOW TO BEAT THEM
Keep Vi�a off base. Martinez and Renteria are key; shut them down and you can pitch around Edmonds and Pujols.
San Francisco GIANTS
Livan Hernandez, RHP (12-16, 4.38 ERA). No middle ground: He's either good or bad. Has to have all four pitches going. Must locate and change speeds. Holds runners well.
Russ Ortiz, RHP (14-10, 3.61 ERA). Has all four pitches but sometimes struggles with his control. You have to get to him early. When he has his fastball working, he can pretty much do what he wants.
Jason Schmidt, RHP (13-8, 3.45 ERA). Power fastball (reaches 97-98 mph), big curve, hard slider. Doesn't take control of the strike zone like he should. Feels his way around and doesn't always stick to his game plan.
Kirk Rueter, LHP (14-8, 3.23 ERA). Very similar to Tom Glavine: relies on changing speeds and deception. Keeps base runners in check; doesn't give in to a hitter. Strong breaking ball.
IF-OF Shawon Dunston has been an adventure in the outfield at times. 3B Pedro Feliz has a good arm; at the plate he chases too many pitches. OF Tom Goodwin is a tough pinch hitter with pull power. IF Ramon Martinez is a good hit-and-run batter late in the game.
If RHP Robb Nen is not getting his slider over, he can have problems. The big question is, Who's the setup man? RHP Tim Worrell could be the guy; he has a good fastball. RHP Felix Rodriguez is struggling with his slider. LHP Scott Eyre has a good fastball that is deceptive.
HOW TO BEAT THEM
Get to their starters early and into their long relief. Of course, pay attention to Bonds and Kent, and hope guys at the bottom of the order don't get hot, because if they do, watch out.