Going into the finale of the series against the Colorado Rockies, the Atlanta Braves needed a win in a very big way. They have played great baseball and have distanced themselves from the division a little bit and a loss in the final game of the Rockies series could have seriously lessened how many steps they had taken in the right direction. That isn’t a worry any longer because Julio Teheran stepped onto the mound as the ace of the rotation and did his job.
The Rockies might not quite be what they are at home when they are on the road but they certainly are capable offensively. Any batting order that has Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer in the meat of it is formidable no matter where they play. Tehera also seemed to not quite have his knockout stuff as well as he went to a 93 pitch count by the sixth inning. Still, the Rockies had four hits, two of those coming in the first inning, and that was it.
As the Braves offense needed, Teheran stepped up and shut down the large bats of the Rockies when they needed it the most. Now two starts removed from his ‘grip’ problem in San Francisco, it can be said for certain that Teheran is the ace of the starting staff. While some fans might be surprised at this emergence, the Braves certainly are not.
Don’t forget that with the presence of all of their almost aces from one year ago, only one received a long contract extension this winter. That man was Teheran. Look for more great starts than off starts for the next dozen years or so from this fellow. Unless something odd happens between now and October, expect Teheran to be the number one starter in any postseason series the Braves play.