Two of MLB‘s most talented young starting pitchers will hook up when 22-year-old Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran opposes 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinals starter Shelby Miller on Saturday in St. Louis.
And while the Braves hold the best record in baseball, they have lost three of their last four games, including the first two games of a four-game series with the Cardinals. So, they’ll look to get back on track behind their rookie right-hander, who is 10-6 with a 2.96 ERA and 132 strikeouts against just 34 walks.
Of course, the Braves will need to score more runs if they hope to do so, as they’ve scored more than three runs just once over the last week, that coming in Wednesday’s 4-1, 10-inning win over the New York Mets.
Miller will likely make that task tougher, as he is 11-8 with a 2.98 ERA and 161 strikeouts against 45 walks in what has been a stellar rookie campaign. And given that the Cardinals have won six of their last seven contests, averaging over five runs a game, it appears there may a better chance of his squad backing him up than Teheran’s.
Teheran has made a habit out of winning despite low run support, though, as he is 3-1 over his past two starts, including a pair of 2-1 victories. In addition, he beat the Cardinals 2-0 on July 27 thanks to seven innings of two-hit ball in which he recorded six strikeouts and issued just one walk.
Something’s got to give on Saturday, and the Braves hope it goes in their favor.