Nothing chases away the hunger better than a platter full of probables.
In my mind, the season officially starts tonight in our nation’s capitol as the Washington Nationals christen brand new Nationals Park when they host the Atlanta Braves. Tim Hudson takes on Odalis Perez, one of two opening day or second-day starters who are “not like the others,” the other being Mark Hendrickson in Florida. Tomorrow's opponent, Matt Chico, is debatable, but I hesitate to say anything because he's pitched the Phillies tough. It's always interesting to see what teams come up with after an entire off-season of rebuilding, and an entire spring to prepare. Some fans get Johan Santana. Others get Mark Hendrickson. Shades of Calvin Maduro.
I love opening-day probables. The start of spring training and the buzz-killing on-deck series has nothing on this holy list.