The Dodgers and Giants have had their rotations lined up for a couple weeks with this series in mind, and both teams have the three starting pitchers they want on the mound for the three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Monday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
The series opener is the 10th meeting between Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, dating back to 2011. The Giants have won five of the previous nine, though the Dodgers have won the last three, including twice in 2016 — on April 9 and April 15.
Kershaw in those nine games has a 2.18 ERA with 71 strikeouts and seven walks in 66 innings. Bumgarner has a 3.51 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 14 walks in 56⅓ innings. He also has two home runs against Kershaw, one in 2015 and one in 2016, both in San Francisco.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN2)
Rich Hill made his debut with the Dodgers on Aug. 24 in grand fashion, with six scoreless innings against the Giants. LA needed every bit of it, winning a 1-0 nail-biter against Johnny Cueto thanks to a home run by Justin Turner.
The Dodgers got to Cueto for five runs in their very first inning against him in a Giants uniform on April 10 at AT&T Park. Cueto ended up pitching seven frames that day and won, and since that five-run first inning has allowed five total runs in 27⅓ innings against the Dodgers, with 29 strikeouts and four walks.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
Kenta Maeda in the series finale will become the 50th different Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher to make 30 starts in a season. This will be his third start against the Giants this season, all at Dodger Stadium. Maeda won the previous two, allowing one run in seven innings on April 17 and giving up three runs in five innings on Aug. 23.
Matt Moore came within one out of a no-hitter on Aug. 25 at Dodger Stadium, settling for 8⅔ scoreless innings and a win after Corey Seager’s two-out single. Before that game Moore had lost three straight starts and walked 17 batters in is first 23 innings with San Francisco. Since then he is 4-1 in his last five starts, with 12 walks in 28⅔ innings to go with 30 strikeouts.