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April 4th Game Thread: Braves vs. Nationals

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There's no more waiting, and no more speculation: It's time for actual, real baseball that counts in the standings.

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It's officially time, folks! The long offseason is officially over, exhibition games are finished, and from now until October, our Atlanta Braves will be playing games that count in the standings. It's time to rock and roll, and even though expectations should be at the floor, this should still be an intriguing season. It's the final season at Turner Field and today is the final Opening Day at the Ted, so you should expect a great atmosphere at the ballpark this afternoon -- whether you're reading this from the stadium or you're watching it on television.

Now, let's take a look at the lineups for the first game of the season:

Today's Lineups

WASHINGTON NATIONALS ATLANTA BRAVES
Ben Revere - CF Ender Inciarte - CF
Anthony Rendon - 3B Erick Aybar - SS
Bryce Harper - RF Freddie Freeman - 1B
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Adonis Garcia - 3B
Daniel Murphy - 2B Nick Markakis - RF
Jayson Werth - LF Hector Olivera - LF
Wilson Ramos - C A.J. Pierzynski - C
Danny Espinosa - SS Jace Peterson - 2B
Max Scherzer - RHP Julio Teheran - RHP

Here's further information on Washington's starting pitcher for the day, Max Scherzer:

Month Fourseam Cutter Curve Slider Change
4/15 62.89 2.37 7.37 12.89 14.47
5/15 57.83 1.12 7.03 19.81 14.22
6/15 56.27 0.37 9.59 19.19 14.58
7/15 57.38 0.00 7.96 19.57 15.09
8/15 62.33 3.20 4.34 14.84 15.30
9/15 60.62 0.46 11.08 19.54 8.31
10/15 62.39 2.75 11.01 18.35 5.50