Both the Dodgers and Giants open the season with 12 pitchers, but the Dodgers have an eight-man bullpen, compared to seven relief pitchers for San Francisco. The Giants have their usual contingent of three southpaw relievers in Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, and Jose Mijares. The Dodgers have countered with three left-handed relievers of their own, with newcomer J.P. Howell joining Paco Rodriguez and former starter Chris Capuano in the Los Angeles bullpen.
The Dodgers have four players on the disabled list: Chad Billingsley, Hanley Ramirez, Scott Elbert, and Ted Lilly. The Giants have four on the DL to open the season: pitcher Eric Surkmap (left elbow surgery), infielder Brett Pill (right knee surgery), and old friend Tony Abreu (right knee strain).