Julio Teheran had yet another fine outing for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night. He pitched almost as well on Sunday as he did in his last home start. Okay, last time at home he came within four outs of a no-hitter so he wasn’t quite that good but he was still just as effective. The San Francisco Giants threatened a few times but couldn’t break through as the Braves offense and defense backed Teheran with great catches and timely hitting. Teheran’s great performance further cements his spot in the starting rotation and brings back a familiar question. When Brandon Beachey returns, who will leave the rotation?
I have written an opinion on this a few times. The first time it seemed like Teheran might need to go, then slowly I wondered if Tim Hudson wouldn’t be the odd man out. Now Hudson has also gotten back on a good path. Kris Medlen is showing signs of the dominance that he led the Braves with during the second half of last season. Mike Minor has been the most consistent pitcher for them all season long. I honestly can’t think of one that should take a back seat to Beachey.
Hey, here’s an idea. How about no one leaves the starting rotation when Beachey comes back? Beachey has already had some complications that pushed back his return for at least a few days. Why not nurse that elbow with bullpen work this season and eye a full return to the starting rotation during Spring Training next year? I don’t think it would be a good plan to break up the current starting five pitchers for the Braves with them performing so well. It goes back to that old piece of knowledge that we all have heard at one time or another. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.