SAN DIEGO – The Braves’ only All-Stars the past two years have been a pair of pitchers, Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran, who had a combined total of eight wins at the break in their All-Star seasons.
Miller, the Braves’ lone All-Star in 2015, was 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts at last year’s break. And Julio Teheran, their only All-Star this season, is 3-8 with a 2.96 ERA in 18 starts.
Teheran has an 0.97 WHIP (walks-plus-hits per inning pitched) that ranks fourth in the NL behind fellow All-Stars Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Madison Bumgarner; and a .207 opponents’ average that ranks eighth (six of those ahead of him were All-Stars).
His run support isn’t quite as terrible as Miller’s was at this point last season, but Teheran’s 3.03 support runs per nine innings pitched is the second-lowest among major league starters.
Since being selected to the 2015 All-Star team, Miller has endured the worst stretch of his career. He was 1-12 with a 3.83 ERA and continued lousy run support in the second half of the 2015 season with the Braves, and has simply pitched poorly this season for the Diamondbacks, going 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA in 14 starts.
The Braves traded him to Arizona in December in the Winter Meetings blockbuster deal that brought shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson, center fielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair to Atlanta.
In Miller’s past 39 starts, going back to May 23, 2015, he has a staggering 3-25 record with a 4.73 ERA, .280 opponents’ average and 178 strikeouts with 91 walks in 220 2/3 innings.
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