Davey Martinez announces Max Scherzer will be Nationals' Opening Day starter

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Martinez announces Scherzer will be Nats' Opening Day starter originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

It'll be Max Scherzer on the bump for the Nationals when they host the New York Mets on April 1.

The 36-year-old right-hander was named Washington's Opening Day starter by manager Davey Martinez on Sunday following his spring training outing against, coincidentally, the Mets. 

This year will mark the sixth time in seven seasons with the Nationals that Scherzer is the team's Opening Day starter. The 2017 season was the lone time Scherzer was unable to start on Opening Day due to a finger injury on his throwing hand.

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Scherzer will pitch once more for the Nationals prior to making his Opening Day start. That outing will come next Saturday, March 27, during an intrasquad scrimmage, Martinez announced on Sunday.

Jacob deGrom will be on the mound for the Mets on April 1. Opening Day at Nationals Park will feature a pair of starters with five total Cy Young awards between the two of them.