Braves in good hands for Opening Day; home opener, less certain

Fredi has tabbed Julio Teheran to start Opening Day, perhaps one year early, but it was inevitable. Injury just expedited his progression to the top of the rotation. JT has started 34 games in the majors — in his last 27, covering 169-2/3 innings, he has a 2.81 ERA with 158 K and 38 walks.

Sounds like an ace to me. As for the home opener, expect either David Hale or Freddy Garcia to get the nod. The Braves are going with a four-man rotation for the first 10 days, so the Game 3 starter will be lined up to start Game 7 against the Mets.

I can’t help but think back to 2007, when Mark Redman started the home opener, also vs. the Mets. Nothing went according to plan that night — it was freezing cold, Chris Woodward hit lead-off and Craig Wilson (remember him?) started at 1B. Redman gave up five runs in 5-2/3, and Tyler Yates allowed five more in relief as the Mets, behind Oliver Perez (!?!), cruised to an 11-1 victory.

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