When is the last time Washington baseball fans could be this rightfully fired up for an April series? The Nationals won 98 games last year, and the Reds won 97. The Nationals have Bryce Harper in left, the Reds have Joey Votto at first – try to find a preseason prediction without one of them as NL MVP. Shin-Soo Choo and Denard Span will leadoff and play center, the product of two offseason trades meant to lift each team past its NLDS disappointment in 2012. On Sunday, ace Stephen Strasbrug faces ace Johnny Cueto. This is the good stuff.

For tonight, Dan Haren will make his debut in the Small Park against Homer Bailey. Talk about it right here.