With Opening Day just a weekend away, it's now time to dive headfirst into Atlanta's schedule for the month of April.
It's difficult to prognosticate regular season baseball a month in advance, especially with the probable pitchers largely unknown. An educated guess is all this writer can do.
Atlanta's opening month has its fill of good opponents (Washington Nationals for five, Detroit Tigers for three) and bad opponents (Chicago Cubs for three, Miami Marlins for three, Colorado Rockies for three), but what will make or break Atlanta's month is how it fares against the unknown (Philadelphia Phillies for three, Kansas City Royals for two, Pittsburgh Pirates for four).
If the Braves want to take the National League East crown away from the Nationals, they will have to assert themselves early and let the team from D.C. know that Atlanta isn't backing down from a fight.