Atlanta Braves Starter Julio Teheran Looks to Shut Down Miami Marlins Again

By Josh McKinney
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran hasn’t pitched since defeating the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Aug. 30.

On Tuesday in Atlanta, the 22-year-old right-hander will look to filet the Fish yet again.

The Braves skipped Teheran’s last start — not because he’s hurt or struggling, but because their sizable lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East allowed them to — opting to give the ball to Kameron Loe instead. While that game didn’t go very well with Loe tossing 4.1 innings of five-run 11-hit ball in a 5-2 loss to the New York Mets, Teheran’s last start was a successful one.

The rookie hurler provided the Braves with 6.1 innings of one-run, four-hit ball in that outing, striking out eight and walking three in what was his 11th win of the season.

Given that he’s coming off six extra days of rest, Teheran may be even sharper on Tuesday, which would continue Atlanta’s recent pitching dominance over the Marlins that was extended by Kris Medlen in a 5-2 Braves victory on Monday. The pitching staff has been particularly hot at Marlins Park, going 13-3 with a 1.77 ERA since it opened last year and posting a 20-5 record over its last 25 trips to Miami.

And while the Braves’ offense has sputtered a lot lately, it was able to manufacture five runs on five hits in the top of the fourth inning on Monday and make it hold up for the rest of the contest.

Atlanta may not even need that much production on Tuesday, as one of the top rookie starters in MLB will be on the bump against the worst team in the NL. Then again, given the potential of their batting order to break out at any time, the Braves may bash their way to several runs anyway.

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