I feel about Julio Teheran about how I imagine I’d feel if I had a high school-age daughter: inordinately proud of all of his accomplishments, and at the same time desperately afraid that something might happen to him.
After the Braves bumbled their way through a four-game home-and-home sweep against the Red Sox, Julio Teheran took the ball in his hand, limited the Marlins to five hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings while collecting two hits and a run scored on the other side of the ball. He isn’t just our stopper, he isn’t just our ace, he is quietly building a dark horse Cy Young campaign.
The Marlins’ two runs came on a first-inning 450-foot Giancarlo Stanton homer. It remained 2-0 for a really long time. Then, in the sixth inning, Regression got an RBI single, and in the seventh, the Braves scored the tying and go-ahead runs on a Teheran double, a Jason Heyward triple, and a B.J. Upton sac fly. Luis Avilan and David Carpenter relieved Teheran shortly after he gave up an infield single and crossed the 100-pitch count, each retiring the one batter he faced, and the Kraken induced three flyball outs to seal the victory.
Heyward was 2-5 and Bupton was 1-2 with a walk and a sac fly, which is really good to see, especially since Freddie is in one of his mini-slumps, going 0-4 tonight.
Freddie Freeman is a really good hitter, though, and one of the proofs is the fact that he can remain productive even when the hits are falling. Over his last 11 games, he’s hitting .216/.370/.378 with 9 walks and 11 strikeouts — so, even when he isn’t getting singles to fall, he’s hitting with decent power and getting on base. And today, David Schoenfield of ESPN speculated that Freeman might be a better franchise player to build a team around than Bryce Harper, and that Teheran was a better young pitcher to build around than Stephen Strasburg.