The Dodgers after their rousing three-game sweep in San Diego face a quick turnaround before Thursday afternoon's series opener in San Francisco against the rival Giants. It marks the second of three home openers the Dodgers will be involved in in nine days.
The Dodgers will allow a run against the Giants. Probably.
But trying to keep the shutout string going on Thursday afternoon will be left-hander Alex Wood, making his first start of the year. He didn't face the Giants after getting acquired by the Dodgers last July 30, but he watched from the dugout during two series and seven games against the Giants, enough to appreciate the rivalry.
"That place will be rocking pretty good," Wood said. "I'm excited. Any time you get to be a part of a big rivalry like that, it's always fun."
San Francisco is coming off a successful opening series of their own, outscoring the Brewers 17-8 while winning two of three games in Milwaukee.
The Giants have six home runs, but none by their pitchers.
No major league team has ever opened a season with its pitchers allowing no runs in the first four games. The Dodgers and the 1963 Cardinals are the only ones to do so in their first three games.
But should Alex Wood continue the spotless run for Los Angeles, the Dodgers could match their franchise recford of four straight shutout wins — at any point of the season — set in 1963 against the Houston Colt 45s.
Should the Dodgers win on Thursday, whether or not they allow a run, they will have opened a season with four road wins in their first four games for the first time since 1978.
Time: 1:35 p.m. PT
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