This series has a lot of implications for the Wild Card hopes of the Giants, who will try to sneak into the MLB Playoffs to defend the World Series title they captured last season.
MLB Odds for the opener had the Dodgers opening as a -140 moneyline favorite and the Giants a +120 underdog, but Los Angeles has been bet down to -120 and San Francisco up to +115.
MLB Picks bettors know the main reasons for the line movement are the importance of this game to the Giants’ Wild Card chances, and the fact they are one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball, winning eight straight.
Going into action Monday, the Giants were four games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League Wild Card race, and just a half-game back of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals.
And in the head-to-head series, San Francisco has won seven of the 11 meetings with the Dodgers this season.
But perhaps the biggest story is the pitching duel for the opener, which will feature Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers against Tim Lincecum of the Giants. Kershaw, who has won all three starts against San Francisco this season, is 19-5 with a 2.31 ERA. Lincecum is 13-12 with a 2.59 ERA.
The Giants (83-70) are coming off a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, while the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 in their four-game set.