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Julio Teheran and Atlanta Braves Look to Dominate Struggling Philadelphia Phillies

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran goes head to head tonight against Philadelphia Phillies starter, Cole Hamels. Hamels has struggled this season but has improved since the All-Star break, posting a 2.67 ERA over his last four starts. Perhaps most frustrating for Hamels has been the lack of run support he has received this season. In 11 of his 24 starts this season, the Phillies scored between zero and two runs, which has consequently resulted in his 4–13 W/L record.

Teheran, on the other hand, has had an outstanding season. The 22 year-old lefty has a 9–5 W/L record and is posting a 2.96 ERA. While he struggled at the beginning of the season, recording a 5.08 ERA during April, he has been dominant since May. Teheran enters today’s game with a 2.96 ERA, having allowed only 12 earned runs in his last seven starts.

Tonight’s pitching match-up favors Atlanta but more importantly, the Braves’ lineup is much better than Philadelphia’s. Throughout 2013, the Phillies have scored 447 runs opposed to Atlanta’s 534, which is second only the St. Louis Cardinals. Similarly, Philadelphia has allowed a whopping 542 runs and the Braves have only given up a mere 404. Tehran has had seven starts in which the Braves scored between zero and two runs, but during his 15 others, the Braves scored at least three and in over half of those they scored six or more.

Teheran has been a rock for the Braves’ pitching staff this season but has yet to throw a complete game. He’s shown some real domination lately and has done it with decent pitch counts. Tonight I’m looking forward to watching Teheran dominate the Phillies, and I think he’s got a decent shot at his first complete game shutout.

Adam Krentz is an Atlanta Braves writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.