Can Julio Teheran Keep the Atlanta Braves Moving in Right Direction?

By Justin Söderberg
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves started off the season as one of MLB’s best teams, winning 12 of the teams first 13 games. However, they have fallen off a bit since their hot start, winning eight of their last 20 games.

The Braves may have moved back onto the right track, winning three of their last four games and are looking to continue moving in the right direction.

Julio Teheran takes the mound on Thursday evening as the Braves open a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants. Teheran, who was skipped in the rotation the last time around due to a rainout on May 4 against the New York Mets, will be taking the mound for the first time since Apr. 29 and the Braves hope the extra rest won’t derail what has seemingly been a turnaround for the starter.

Teheran had surrendered at least four earned runs in each of his first three starts of the season, but has only given up one and two earned runs in his last two starts respectively. Although he has had a rough few starts this season, the starter is getting better and dropping his ERA with each outing.

On the season, Teheran is 1-0 with a 5.08 ERA over 28.1 innings of work. The 22-year-old has never faced the Giants and will get his first start at AT&T Park on Thursday night, opposite Ryan Vogelsong.

Vogelsong is 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA over his career against the Braves, but there is one Atlanta player who likes to see him on the mound. Freddie Freeman has hit two home runs and knocked in two RBIs against the Giants’ starter in seven at-bats over his career. Justin Upton has not gone yard against Vogelsong, but has hit a healthy .308 in 13 at-bats over his career.

First pitch is set for 10:15 p.m. eastern on MLB Network.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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