Entering their eighth season in D.C., expectations are high for the Washington Nationals.
Flamethrower Stephen Strasburg was picked by Manager Davey Johnson to start the team's April 5, 2012, opener at the Chicago Cubs. Strasburg is the fifth pitcher in Nationals team history to start on Opening Day, joining Livan Hernandez (2005, 2006, 2011), John Patterson (2007), Odalis Perez (2008) and John Lannan (2009, 2010).
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft called the Wrigley Field start a "huge honor." After undergoing Tommy John surgery in Sept. 2010, Strasburg successfully finished his first full spring trainingsince then.
Here's a look back at the Nationals' list of Opening Day starters since their 2005 move from Montreal to Washington: