Dodgers vs Giants (March 29th to April 1st)
The best rivalry in baseball gets things going to start the 2018 regular season. Madison Bumgarner will oppose Clayton Kershaw in an epic clash featuring two of the best if not the two best left-handed starting pitchers in baseball. The Dodgers didn’t face MadBum much last season as Bumgarner suffered an injury while dirt biking.
The Dodgers will face the new look Giants who added Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen this offseason in hopes of making one last World Series run before their roster ages further. For the Dodgers, it will be the same faces as last year with Matt Kemp possibly renewing himself to the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers start and end the 2018 season with the Giants although the last series of the season should be meaningless if the Dodgers wrap up the West as expected.
The Giants are hoping Cutch and Longo can help their anemic offense solve their woes against the Dodgers lefty-heavy rotation. While Kershaw is tough for any player to solve, the Giants hope to have better success against Rich Hill and Alex Wood. There is another added wrinkle out of the Giants bullpen as Tony Watson will likely make an appearance against the Dodgers in the late innings of the games. Watson vs Bellinger or Seager with the game on the line? The best rivalry in baseball is back.