The Braves will face the Dodgers in the NLDS beginning this Thursday. Turns out today’s game didn’t matter because the Cubs suck, but for my money it was a pretty fun game. Everybody showed up for the first inning, and the Braves spotted Julio Teheran a 3-run lead. I’ve been a big supporter of Teheran for a while. He was being sold to us as the “next great thing” like four or five years ago, but as is often the case with prospects, folks were jumping the gun a bit, and it’s taken until 2013 for him to show up and perform at the ML level. Needless to say, we’re all glad he didn’t get sent to Arizona last fall. (Though TBH, I don’t really think he was ever much on the table.) Teheran was actually better at the plate than on the mound today, singling to lead off the second. On the mound, he was doing a good job of keeping his pitch count low, but that was largely by getting the Phillies to hit the ball hard but directly
at somebody. This came back to bite him in the 5th when he gave up a 3-run homer. 4 ER in 5 IP is not what you were hoping to see, but I’m not too concerned. I think Teheran will be fine in the playoffs.
On the hitting side, everything came up aces. Jason Heyward has looked good since returning from his broken face, and Justin Upton has been as hot these past couple weeks as he was in April. Freddie Freeman passed Regression Chris Johnson in the batting race, and even Evan Gattis looked like he was showing some of his April form. He hit a towering fly ball in the first that just barely managed to get out of left center
to plate two and kill the rally. But the best was yet to come, as the Braves just kept piling on run after run against the Phillies relief corps. By the time Luis Ayala showed up to lob some meatballs, the game was out of reach for Chase Utley and Co.
So that’s a wrap on the regular season. We look forward to the playoffs with Kershaw and Grienke staring us in the face and hope the offense doesn’t get ice bats over the next three days. Are you pumped? I’m pumped.