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 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.