With starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for a length of time, it was imperative that Julio Teheran take over as the ace of the Braves pitching staff. He’s doing just that. Teheran, was especially good on Wednesday night, as the 23-year-old right-hander went the distance in shutting out the rival Phillies in cold Philadelphia.Teheran, in first shut-out in his major league career, scattered 3 hits and walked none all night long. A night where the Braves offense was as cold as the weather. The Braves did have 11 hits, but they stranded 10 of them. The only run came on Evan Gattis’ 4th inning homer.
So far this season, Teheran is only 2-1, but his ERA is 1.93. He’s had one bad outing this season where he gave up 10 hits and 5 runs (2 earned runs) in 6 innings to the Washington Nationals, on April 11th. He received a no-decision in that game, but the Braves won the game on the way to sweeping their biggest threat in the National League East.
The Braves are going to hit. Players like Justin Upton and Evan Gattis are off to particularly good starts to the season, but for the Braves to accomplish all of their goals, Teheran will have to come up with performances like Wednesday’s on a consistent basis.