Open Thread 4/4: Braves at Nationals

Jeffrey Phelps

The heated rivalry between the top two expected NL East teams is ready to come to a first pitch. Jordan Zimmerman will be on the mound for Washington in their home opener while David Hale will toe the rubber for the Braves. Both pitchers have battled the flu this week, but are now feeling better and ready to go for the 1:05 pm ET first pitch.

The Braves lineup is back to its Opening Day look as they are set to face off against Jordan Zimmerman who has had his share of success against the defending NL East champs. Current hitters against Zimmerman are 18-for-84 against him with a .214 batting average.

BRAVES STARTING LINEUP

1. Jason Heyward - RF

2. B.J. Upton - CF

3. Freddie Freeman - 1B

4. Chris Johnson - 3B

5. Justin Upton - LF (5-for-12, .417 AVG against Zimmerman)

6. Dan Uggla - 2B

7. Evan Gattis - C

8. Andrelton Simmons - SS

9. David Hale - P


NATIONALS STARTING LINEUP

1. Denard Span - CF

2. Anthony Rendon - 2B

3. Jayson Werth - RF

4. Adam LaRoche - 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman - 3B

6. Bryce Harper - LF

7. Ian Desmond - SS

8. Jose Lobaton - C

9. Jordan Zimmerman - P

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