The best series of the weekend in baseball will take place in Washington between the Nationals and the Braves, the first of 19 regular season meetings. Ross Detwiler, who allowed no runs in his first start, faces a Braves lineup that isn’t so left-handed dominant anymore. Right-hander Julio Teheran (0-0, 9.00 ERA), a Braves top pitching prospect who tore through spring training opponents, will face the Nationals for the first time.
The Braves infield consists of Chris Johnson at third base, Andrelton Simmons at shortstop, Dan Uggla at second and Evan Gattis, a rookie catcher, making his major league debut at first. Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said this about Gattis’ ability at first base to Atlanta beat reporters: “I don’t know. If, like, [Denard] Span bunts a ball over there, he may just tackle him over there at first base.” Listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Gattis is a big guy.
The lineups are here. As always, discuss the game here.