Washington Nationals: What to watch as they visit Freddie Freeman and the Braves

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30: Freddie Freeman
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30: Freddie Freeman /
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Fresh off of their sweep in Cincinnati, the Washington Nationals visit Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves. We have you covered on what to watch for.

For the Washington Nationals, 2018 could not have started much better. It would have been nice to open the season in front of the home crowd, but they drew the perfect road opponent for Opening Day.

After spending spring training in West Palm Beach, the Nats played their first meaningful baseball of the year at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Although the Reds may not be the most exciting opponent, Cincinnati was the perfect venue to begin the season in. As baseball’s oldest professional franchise, the Reds have a rich history.

Opening Day is exciting in every major league city, but especially in Cincinnati. The Reds begin every season at home, and the city treats it as a holiday. Their festivities are highlighted by a parade, but the entire day is a celebration.

In addition to a fascinating venue, Cincinnati is the perfect place to begin the year because the Reds are a rebuilding team. This allows the Nats to get settled into the new season and build some confidence.

The Nats took full advantage of their lucky draw, sweeping the Reds in three games.

Now, the Nats travel to Atlanta to face the Braves.

Like the Nats, the Braves won their first series. They began the year by hosting the Philadelphia Phillies, who they beat two games to one.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what to watch in what should be an exciting divisional matchup.