Julio Teheran picked up his first win of the 2013 season in the frigid temperatures at Coors Field on Tuesday night.
Teheran scattered eight hits over seven innings but allowed just one run in the Atlanta Braves‘ 10-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in the second game of the doubleheader. The outing was good enough for his first career quality start, and he did it in efficient fashion.
The right-hander threw just 90 pitches, 70 for strikes, and didn’t walk a batter after ssuing three walks in his previous two outings against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. He also kept Rockies’ hitters from hitting the long ball — which has plagued him in the early parts of 2013.
The combination of no walks and keeping the ball in the yard could be key for Teheran’s future success. Teammate Mike Minor turned around his 2012 season around the All Star Break by cutting down on his walks, and the same could be in store for Teheran in 2013 if he learns to trust his stuff. He has an electric fastball with a good curveball to give him the arsenal to get MLB hitters out.
The one pitch Teheran is seemingly going away from is his changeup. According to FanGraphs, he is throwing it just 3.3 percent of the time in comparison to 19 percent and 8.1 percent in his brief time in the majors in 2011 and 2012. Keep an eye on that in future outings. It could be something he works on the side until he becomes more comfortable with the effectiveness of the pitch.
Braves’ fans will need to use patience with the 22-year-old in 2013. There will be ups and downs with Teheran, but Tuesday night’s outing was a nice step in the right direction.