Good Julio showed up to bust the streak. After losing six straight, this game was really about a dominant pitching performance by Julio Teheran. He pitched eight innings for the first time this year, giving up two runs and collecting eight strikeouts. The problem for Julio at this point have been the gopher balls. In 82 innings, he has given up 12 home runs. Interestingly, of his last 5 runs given up, they have all come as a result of solo home runs. Eventually he won’t be so lucky, and one of them will be a 3-run homer. He’s 8th in the NL in WHIP, so if he could keep the ball in the ballpark more often, he could be even better than he is now.
Sadly, this is about the best type of hitting performance you can consistently hope for out of this offense. We pounded out 14 hits, with all but one of our starters getting a hit. Inciarte and Chase d’Arnaud each had three hits at the top of the lineup, with Markakis and Teheran each pitching in a couple hits. But with no extra base power, the table-setting 1-2 hitters producing 6 hits doesn’t amount to a whole lot. We’re going to hang out with the Cubs for a little while, so manage your expectations. It’s Jason Hammel vs. Bud Norris, Jake Arrieta vs. Matt Wisler, and Jon Lester vs. whoever takes Williams Perez’s spot.
The draft is also today! The Braves have 5 of the top 80 picks, with Eric Longenhagen of ESPN & FanGraphs speculating on the Chop Cast that with extra money and a multitude of picks, the Braves are in position to have one of the best drafts in MLB this year. The consistent speculation has been that if Kyle Lewis falls to #3, we would take him, but now there are lots of different names being thrown around. Longenhagen also speculated that Blake Rutherford could fall to #40 (our next pick), and that would make me cry tears of joy.