For the last few seasons the Braves have had a group of very good starting pitchers. Most talking heads said it was a rotation of “twos and threes.” It’s starting to appear that the Braves have, not just a number one, but one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Julio Teheran was dominate again today, throwing eight innings of three hit shutout ball. In fact, he has only given up one run in his last three starts. That’s Madduxesq.Too bad for the Braves Johnny Cueto was just as dominate, also going eight and scattering three hits.
The Braves bats didn’t get going until there were two outs in the tenth when Jason Heyward singled to center. BJ Upton followed up with a Baltimore Chopper off of JJ Hoover’s glove. The Reds went with Manny Parra to face Freddie Freeman. Freeman proceeded to blast a ball to deep center that not even Billy Hamilton could catch up to. Heyward scored with ease and the sweep was complete.
Julio has dueled with some of the best pitchers in the National League and has gone pitch for pitch with them all. Frank Wren’s best move so far may have been refusing to include Teheran in any trade.
The Bravos are off tomorrow and will go fishing in Miami on Tuesday.
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