Braves’ rotation among league’s best in May

Julio Teheran of the Braves pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on May 21, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Julio Teheran of the Braves pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on May 21, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Credit: Lachlan Cunningham

Credit: Lachlan Cunningham

For as much negative attention that’s centered on the Braves’ bullpen, their rotation deserves as much positivity.

Over the last week, Braves starters have earned a 1.24 ERA (2 earned runs in 43-2/3 innings) while allowing just three home runs. They’ve held opposing offenses to a .454 OPS.

Max Fried and Mike Soroka have been outstanding, but Julio Teheran’s work has been less appreciated. He’s posted a 0.79 ERA over his past four games, scattered 10 hits over 22-2/3 innings with no home runs.

Kevin Gausman has begun rounding more into his expected form, while Mike Foltynewicz had his best start of the season Sunday.

The rotation’s 2.97 ERA ranks fourth-best in MLB this month. It’s also handled a heavier workload, with the 109 innings pitched over that span ranking second most in the National League (Chicago is first at 115-2/3). No coincidence, the team is 12-8 in that time.

“They’re a mature group,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “They’re young, raw and talented. And they’re learning. It’s good on-the-job training right now.”