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It’s early, but the Braves-Nationals series is gonna be a good one

Apr 12, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Washington Nationals Kurt Suzuki waits on the ball as Atlanta Braves Jason Heyward slides in safe in the third inning at their MLB game in Atlanta

We’re only nine games into the season, but this weekend we have what you might consider to be the first big series of the season: Braves vs. Nationals at Nats Park.

Atlanta is 8-1, their best start since winning 13 of 14 to begin the 1994 season. It’s hard to get a true gauge on them seeing as their last six games came against the lowly Marlins and Cubs, but they’re certainly hot.  The Nationals, most experts’ pick to win the NL East, are fresh off a sweep of the White Sox and stand at 7-2. They’ve won all six of their home games so far this year.

The matchups shape up like this:

Of note: Rafael Soriano is likely unavailable to close tonight since he’s pitched in the last three games. In his place will be Drew Storen. So I guess you can say advantage Atlanta, at least for this evening.

It’s too early to worry about the standings and stuff. But it’ll be great fun to see the first round of what should be a season-long dogfight for the NL East.

  1. Rich Peters - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Reblogged this on Tricky_Roma and commented:
    Truth.

    • El Bravo - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I re-blogged your comment in the butt.

      • themuddychicken - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        What What?

      • illegalblues - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        nice

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        With no lube I hope…

  2. robmar924 - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Advantage to the Braves because Soriano is unavailable? No mention that Detwiler pitched really well vs and elite Reds team and Tehran got roughed up by the Cubs. Maybe im nitpicking but its silly to say the Braves have a leg up in DC

    • illegalblues - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      it’s one game in april, i think he was being facetious

  3. themuddychicken - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    And all weekend games, with nice weather forecasted. Should be a great crowd/atmosphere!

    Already have my tickets for Sunday, but here’s hoping I can convince some people to change their plans and go with me tonight/Saturday too.

  4. jdouble777 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, this series is going to be nothing short of war. Both teams spent the entire off-season making sure they win this series. Obviously I don’t mean the one starting tonight but the one likely to begin in about 151 games. This is the proverbial tone setter. This is a fall classic in April.

    Let Round 1 begin!

  5. djjackson81 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Put up or shut up Nats

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    “Of note: Rafael Soriano is likely unavailable to close tonight since he’s pitched in the last three games. In his place will be Drew Storen. ”

    Oh come on – what are the odds that this would come down to a blown save?

    Gee….it’s 11:04 and the game is over, now to check what happened……

  7. acgonzales - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Justin Upton has to be the best free agent signing in franchise history. Dude is clutch (and was robbed of his 7th HR of the season by the umps). Now if only his outfield mates would get their sh*t together….

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      B.J. Upton was the free agent signing, not Justin. And yes, he is good. And yes, it would be nice if his outfield mates would get their shit together.

  8. orakpownd - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Should’ve held the ball Zimmy….and Espinosa…where were you on that toss? Anywho…….Who’s ready for tonight?

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