Open Thread 4/6: Braves at Nationals

Rob Carr

First pitch is at 1:35 pm ET today as the Atlanta Braves will look to sweep the Washington Nationals and extend their winning streak to five games.

If Alex Wood (1-0, 1.29 ERA) can silence the Nationals bats today and the lineup comes alive again the Braves will make a loud statement to begin the season against the team that experts picked once again to win the division.

Now Atlanta is one win away from winning nine of their last dozen games against their budding NL East rival. With the lackluster play from Bryce Harper his first year manager Matt Williams has benched him in the series finale. Taylor Jordan will take the mound for Washington.

The lineups are as folows:

BRAVES STARTING LINEUP:

1. Jason Heyward - RF

2. B.J. Upton - CF

3. Freddie Freeman - 1B

4. Chris Johnson - 3B

5. Justin Upton - LF

6. Dan Uggla - 2B

7. Gerald Laird - C

8. Andrelton Simmons - SS

9. Alex Wood - P

NATIONALS STARTING LINEUP

1. Anthony Rendon - 3B

2. Kevin Frandsen - LF

3. Jayson Werth - RF

4. Adam LaRoche - 1B

5. Ian Desmond - SS

6. Danny Espinosa - 2B

7. Nate McLouth - CF

8. Sandy Leon - C

9. Taylor Jordan - P

NOTES: Ryan Zimmerman is being held out of the lineup as he felt discomfort in his shoulder in the fifth inning yesterday. He is expected to undergo an MRI soon.

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