Nationals vs Braves Live Stream, TV Channel, Time, Watch Online as Max Scherzer starts Washington opener

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The Washington Nationals will open their 2021 MLB season on Tuesday afternoon. The Nats, who will be shorthanded, are the latest team to kick off their season after four positive COVID-19 tests among Washington players resulted in the team’s first four games being postponed. Max Scherzer will take the mound at Nationals Park against the Atlanta Braves without a win. Both teams are expected to play a double schedule on Wednesday to make up for Monday’s postponement.

The Nationals will play in front of fans in DC for the first time since winning the 2019 World Series. Below you can find the game’s information and storylines.

Nationals vs. Braves

Dated: Tuesday April 6 | Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Site: National Park – Washington, DC
Pitch match: Max Scherzer (WAS) vs. Drew Smyly (ATL)
TV: MLB Network, MASN2 | Direct: fuboTV (try for free); MLB.TV
Odds: ATL +105; WSH-115; O / U: 7.5

Featured Game | Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves

Scenarios

Nationals: Five days after their opening game initially scheduled, the Nats will finally enter the field on Tuesday. The team’s opening streak against the Mets and their Monday game against the Braves have been called off after four players tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The Nationals announced their opening day roster on Tuesday, and they will be without a handful of key players due to positive tests and contact tracing protocols.

Scherzer will be on the mound to start the season for the Nationals. The 36-year-old right-hander has just had a bad year by his own standards, but he still posted a 3.74 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings in the shortened 2020 season.

Courageous: The Braves started their season on the wrong foot against the Phillies. Atlanta only managed three points in three games and was swept away by Philadelphia over the weekend. Reigning National League MVP Freddie Freeman and second baseman Ozzie Albies, in particular, have had a rough start to the season. Freeman and Albies combined to go 0 for 21 against the Phillies. Smyly will make his Braves debut after signing as a free agent during the offseason. The southpaw had a 3.42 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) for the Giants in 2020.


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