Freddie Freeman


After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason.


With their new stadium set to open two years from now, the Atlanta Braves have undergone a rebuild of sorts this offseason.


2014 record: 79-83, T-2nd place in NL East

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, 5th season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $93 million


The interim tag for John Hart has been dropped, as the longtime MLB executive will now join the Atlanta Braves full-time as their President of Baseball Operations. 


The 2012 National League East division race might have been a preview of years to come as both the Nationals and Braves are good teams built on pitching and young talent.