The mere sight of the Dodgers is enough to get the crowd at AT&T Park worked up, but Thursday's series opener has the added excitement of being the Giants' home opener.
And, to top it all off, there's a historic element involved.
The Dodgers have opened the season with three shutouts after sweeping the Padres. They're only the second team in modern day big league history to do so, tying the 1963 Cardinals.
San Francisco starter Jake Peavy, long a Dodgers tormenter, knows what to expect.
"It's just like a playoff-game atmosphere, really, is the best way to describe it," said Peavy, 14-3 with a 2.38 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers. "There's a lot of energy and excitement around the game. Once the second inning comes around, everybody's settled into doing what we do. And then you're just trying to figure out a way to win a big league ballgame."
The Dodgers counter with Alex Wood, who allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief in his only previous appearance in San Francisco. Wood had a 7.13 ERA in Spring Training.
Three things to know • Although manager Dave Roberts said Chase Utley will start at second base, Utley is 0-for-14 lifetime against Peavy. Yasiel Puig is 0-for-7 and the projected starting eight for the Dodgers is a combined 8-for-66.
• Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford are a combined 7-for-12 against Wood.
• The Giants won the season series with the Dodgers last year, 11-8, and were 8-2 at home.