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Now, let's take a look at some of the rising aces in the NL.
Matchup No. 1: Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
When: March 31 at 1:10 p.m. ET
Where: Citi Field
The Matchup: Stephen Strasburg vs. Dillon Gee
As remarkable as it may seem, Stephen Strasburg is still just 25 years old.
Last year, the right-hander for the Washington Nationals went 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA and 191 strikeouts in a career-high 183 innings of work.
I expect 2014 to be the year that the former No. 1 overall pick from the 2009 MLB draft finally eclipses the 200-strikeout plateau and forces his way into the NL Cy Young Award discussion.
Matchup No. 2: Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers
When: March 31 at 2:10 p.m. ET
Where: Miller Park
The Matchup: Julio Teheran vs. Yovani Gallardo
At the outset of spring training, Julio Teheran definitely wasn't supposed to be the Opening Day starter for the Atlanta Braves. However, that's not to say the right-hander from Colombia isn't more than ready to step in for the injured Kris Medlen.
In 2013, Teheran went 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA during his age-22 campaign. He also got better as the season wore on, posting a 2.97 ERA and a 7-3 record in 12 starts after the All-Star break.
Matchup No. 3: Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins
When: March 31 at 7:10 p.m. ET
Where: Marlins Park
The Matchup: Jorge De La Rosa vs. Jose Fernandez
Anytime Jose Fernandez is pitching, it's can't-miss baseball.
Last year, the rookie went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and a 9.7 K/9 ratio, as he landed in the No. 3 spot on the NL Cy Young Award ballot. I expect the 21-year-old to put up equally strong, if not better, numbers in 2014.
Matchup No. 4: San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
When: March 31 at 9:40 p.m. ET
Where: Chase Field
The Matchup: Madison Bumgarner vs. Brandon McCarthy
Like Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner has been around for so long that it's easy to forget just how young the left-hander is.
Despite the fact that he's already pitched in parts of five seasons for the San Francisco Giants, Bumgarner won't turn 25 until August. Last year, he went 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA and 199 punchouts.
That impressive showing earned him the Opening Day nod over veteran ace Matt Cain.