The Braves are set to begin their 2018 campaign on Thursday, March 29 at SunTrust Park against the Philadelphia Phillies, part of a six-game, seven-day homestand to open the season. Over the next twenty-six games, the Braves play nineteen on the road. Based on how the Phillies have played against the Braves this season, they should at least begin the season 1-0, if not 3-0.
The Washington Nationals open next season on the road for nearly a week. Then, they will have a off-day on Friday before continuing the three game series with the Marlins. They'll play at Pittsburgh and NY in the week leading up to the All-Star Game. The home opener at Citizens Bank Park will be Thursday, April 5th at 3:05 p.m. vs. the Miami Marlins.
The Nationals face the AL East in interleague play, which alters their annual Battle of the Beltways series.
For the last two seasons, Philadelphia opened their season against the Cincinnati Reds and gotten demolished to start off the year.
The final homestand of the regular season will bring the Braves back to Philadelphia from September 28-30.
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The Nationals also face both the Yankees and Rays at home and on the road. However, the game times for the away games are still to be determined.
Today the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball released their tentative schedules for the 2018 season, Atlanta's second at SunTrust Park. The 2018 season is the positive right now, as 2017 has not been exactly what the Braves wanted as we sit at 65-78.
Hopefully, the Phillies will get some good additions to the roster and have them in the opening day lineup.
This will be only the second time in 14 seasons of existence the Nationals face a non-NL East opponent on opening day.