JUPITER Melky Cabrera Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Nonchalantly, Washington manager Dave Martinez made official on Monday what most already assumed — ace Max Scherzer will be the first to get the ball for the Nationals.“I’m going to go out on a limb today and tell you that Max will be our opening day starter. How’s that?” Martinez said.That sets up a marquee matchup March 28 at Nationals Park: Scherzer vs. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets.Between them, Scherzer and deGrom own four Cy Young awards, including the three most recent in the National League. Last year, the duo finished 1-2 in the voting, with deGrom claiming his first trophy.Martinez made the announcement after Scherzer surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two in 6 1/3 innings against St. Louis. Scherzer advanced his pitch total to 75, facing 23 batters.The Nationals eschewed the designated hitter on Monday Justin Verlander Jersey , allowing the 34-year-old Scherzer to bat for the second time this spring. This time, it nearly cost the Nationals dearly.In the fifth inning, Jack Flaherty’s 3-2 inside fastball hit the nob of Scherzer’s bat and breezed along the fingers of his right hand. One pitch earlier, Scherzer glared at Flaherty following a high-and-tight fastball.“I can understand that,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.Scherzer ultimately struck out, part of an 0-for-2 afternoon, ending the inning.He emerged to pitch the bottom of the fifth and started the sixth before being removed after reaching his desired pitch count.Scherzer posted an 18-7 record and a 2.53 ERA last season Houston Astros Jersey , striking out 300 in 220 2/3 innings. DeGrom’s 1.70 ERA made him the runaway choice for the Cy Young. ... while the Brewers and Cardinals beat up on each other."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Chicago Cubs recapsChicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs essaysChicago Cubs game threadsWrigley Field renovationsFull archiveLibrary Bleed Cubbie Blue Community GuidelinesCurrent time in ChicagoBCB Specials & Site InfoWinter 2019 music threadsCubs StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Cubs newsYahoo Cubs team pageYahoo Cubs reportYahoo Cubs depth chartYahoo Cubs transactionsYahoo Cubs photosOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旵hicago Cubs essaysThe early 2019 schedule could work to the Cubs’ advantageNew,34comments... while the Brewers and Cardinals beat up on each other.CDTShareTweetShareShareThe early 2019 schedule could work to the Cubs’ advantagePatrick Gorski-USA TODAY SportsThe Cubs are undefeated in 2019! Hooray!All right, so that’s just 1-0. The Brewers and Reds are also 1-0 after Opening Day, while the Cardinals and Pirates lost their first games of 2019.And it’s that Cardinals/Brewers matchup I want to look at here. Including the Opening Day matchup at Miller Park, the Brewers will play 10 of their first 26 games against the Cardinals. For St. Louis, it’s 10 of their first 24 against the Brewers. Even more bizarrely, after that those two teams will not play each other for almost four months — their next matchup after April 24 in St. Louis is August 19 in Milwaukee. That’s almost three weeks after the now-single trade deadline. And then , they’ll play their remaining nine contests over a four-week period concluding September 15.The Cubs have had weird schedules before, but nothing quite that weird against a divisional rival. Obviously, the best-case scenario for the Cubs would be for the Brewers and Cardinals to split those 10 games in March and April while the Cubs are playing teams like the Rangers and Marlins.The Cubs and Brewers have common opponents in April. Both will host the Angels, and the Brewers will play their entire season series against the Dodgers, all seven games, between April 12 and 21. The Cardinals will host the Dodgers as well in April, along with the Mets.Meanwhile Hector Rondon Jersey , the only series the Cubs will play against either of their close division rivals is next weekend, three games against the Brewers at Miller Park. They won’t face the Cardinals until a three-game set at Wrigley Field beginning May 3.It’s only one game, but the Cubs got off to a nice start with their 12-4 win over the Rangers Thursday afternoon in Arlington. And so the Cubs can hope that the Brewers and Cardinals can split with each other while they get through an April schedule that’s about middling in difficulty — and hopefully, without the weather issues that postponed so many games last April.