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Jim Riggleman enters the final year of his contract with expectations raised.
The forecast for the next two days does not look good. Seventy percent chance of rain this afternoon and evening during NatsFest. Eighty percent chance of rain tomorrow afternoon during the scheduled opener against the Braves. (If you're wondering, Friday's forecast is much better, which temperatures climbing into the 50s and sunshine replacing the gray clouds. If tomorrow's game is postponed, it would almost certainly be made up at 1:05 p.m. Friday.)
For now, though, let's remain optimistic and assume everything gets played as planned. Speaking of optimism, you'll want to make sure you read the complete Opening Day preview package we put together at CSNwashington.com. It includes a Q&A in which I answer all your pressing questions about the Nats (and even make a couple of predictions). I also suggest the six home series you won't want to miss this season. And you can read my NL East preview, with predicted standings.
One final programming note before I start bundling up to head to Nationals Park for today's RainFest: ESPN 980 AM will be broadcasting live from The Bullpen bar outside the center field gate tomorrow from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Barring a last-minute change of schedule, I'll be out there from 11 a.m. through about 12:30 p.m. Please stop by and say hello on your way into the ballpark.