When these two teams met in the opening series of the year, it was Clayton Kershaw who shut the Giants out in the opener. The Giants came back to win the last two games and take the series.
The majority of experts predicted the Giants and Dodgers to battle it out for the NL West crown. That could still happen, but it's the Colorado Rockies that stand atop the division with a 17-11 record. The Giants are one game back at 16-12.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in third at 15-13, with the Dodgers fourth, one game below .500, at 13-14. Even the Padres have proven formidable, having swept the Giants in San Diego when the two teams squared off.
The winner of this series solidifies their position in the division and although it's still early, neither the Giants nor the Dodgers want to stumble.
The rivalry is heated once again, as the new Dodgers' ownership has vowed to bring a world championship to Los Angeles. They have shown no hesitation to spend whatever it takes to get top caliber talent.
If Dodger manager Don Mattingly can get his team moving together on the right track, look out. The Dodgers and Giants rivalry is hot once again.