On a night set aside to celebrate one of the franchise’s best offensive players in Chipper Jones, Julio Teheran put together a performance on the mound that even he could appreciate.
Teheran (6-4, 3.12) went six shutout innings, scattering four hits while striking out 10 in the Atlanta Braves‘ 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s the second time Teheran struck out at least 10 batters this season— the other time on June 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his near no-hitter.
The 22-year-old may not openly admit it, but defeating his counterpart Randall Delgado on Friday night must have been a rewarding feeling.
It was Delgado and Teheran who entered the 2012 spring training in a battle for the No. 5 starter in the Braves’ rotation. Delgado outperformed Teheran during that spring campaign and was eventually rewarded with the final spot in the rotation. Teheran spent basically the entire season in the minors and struggled all season—indicating his lack of enthusiasm to be in the minors.
With Delgado now traded away and Teheran establishing himself as one of the Braves’ top starters, it appears hen will have the last laugh.
The young right-hander has strung together three straight quality starts and nine of his last 10 to lower his ERA to a season-low 3.12. At some point, it would be expected for him to hit a wall in his first full season, but he is not limping into the All-Star break.
Even if he does hit a wall to end the season, I think it’s safe to say that Teheran has demonstrated that he will be part of the plans in the Braves’ rotation for quite a while.