The Nats arrived in Atlanta on Saturday night and had some workouts yesterday at Turner Field in Atlanta to prepare for this Opening Day matchup. The Braves send Julio Teheran to the mound versus Max Scherzer.
New Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker will get to show us today how he really manages a game that counts in the standings as 1st pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm today. The weather is perfect at game time temperature of 69°F and might reach 70°F at 1st pitch with no precipitation in the forecast under mostly sunny skies at game time. Wind will be between 9-12mph and sunset is exactly 8:00 sharp in Atlanta today which 25 minutes more than those in Washington, DC.
Opening Day at Turner Field. #Nats #Nationals #MLB pic.twitter.com/axODaQl6wd
— William Ladson (@washingnats) April 4, 2016
Today would be that day to start Jose Lobaton, Clint Robinson and Stephen Drew if Dusty Baker decided to go by the small sample sizes. For now, this is what Dusty said will be his Opening Day line-up.
Today’s line-up (subject to change) is:
- Ben Revere CF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Bryce Harper RF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Wilson Ramos C
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Max Scherzer RHP
- Jose Lobaton SH
- Clint Robinson LH
- Michael Taylor RH
- Stephen Drew LH
- Chris Heisey RH
- Yusmeiro Petit RHP
- Matt Belisle RHP
- Oliver Perez LHP
- Blake Treinen RHP
- Felipe Rivero LHP
- Shawn Kelley RHP
- Jonathan Papelbon RHP
Joe Ross RHPGio Gonzalez LHP
We have included
Joe Ross Gio Gonzalez as being available out of the bullpen as we have learned that Joe Ross would be pitching this week against the Marlins, and it will be Tanner Roark pitching Opening Day on Thrusday at Nats Park.
Here is how Julio Teheran and the Nats have matched up in the past and you might recall that Jose Lobaton “owns” Teheran. and Stephen Drew is 3-3 including a HR.
Here is the line-up Scherzer will face:
#Braves OD lineup: Inciarte 8, Aybar 6, Freeman 3, Garcia 5, Markakis 9, Olivera 7, Pierzynski 2, Peterson 4, Teheran 1
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) April 4, 2016
The Nats graphics department created this nice line-up piece:
#OpeningDay lineup: pic.twitter.com/9TX5dzt4RR
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 4, 2016