Following a 4-4 homestand, the Atlanta Braves begin a five-game road trip on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, a club they have owned over the past several seasons and one that is currently without slugger Ryan Braun, who has been out since June 10 with a right thumb contusion.
Generally speaking, when the Braves outhit an opponent, they win. With Braun out, the chances of them doing so against Milwaukee vastly improve.
And with streaking starting pitcher Julio Teheran set to pitch the opener of the three-game weekend series on Friday against Brewers starter Wily Peralta, who is just 4-8 with a 6.08 ERA, the odds of the Braves getting off to a good start in the set are even better.
The last two months have been great for Teheran, who has allowed more than three runs just once in his last 10 starts and has seen his ERA go from over 7.00 to 3.36 in that span. While he’s just 5-3 overall, you can chalk some of that up to a lack of run support. With a few more runs, he could easily have seven or eight wins.
The 22-year old right-hander will have to watch out for Carlos Gomez and Juan Segura, who are the only two Brewers besides Braun currently hitting over .300. Gomez has a team-high 12 home runs and 37 RBIs, while Segura has gone deep 10 times and is sitting at 30 RBIs. Both men have great speed as well, so Teheran may have to utilize his excellent pickoff move at some point.
If Teheran and the Braves can shut down those two players, they’ll likely enjoy their time in the Cheesehead State.