The Braves scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the score and get Julio Teheran off the hook as far as a decision in Saturday’s 8-6 loss to the Nationals, but the six runs and 10 hits he allowed in five innings were a continuation of troubling trends for the 2014 All-star.
Teheran is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA in his past five starts, with a .320 opponents’ average and eight homers allowed in 26 innings. His overall ERA climbed to 4.74, and if not for good run support his record (3-1) might be significantly worse.
Teheran is 9-9 with a 3.99 ERA and .271 opponents’ average in his past 22 starts going back to the second week of July, and has allowed 19 homers and 42 walks with 112 strikeouts in 133 innings during that span. The Braves are 10-12 in those starts, despite providing Teheran just over five runs of offensive support per nine innings pitched.
This comes on the heels of best sustained stretch of his career, when he went 15-8 with a 2.54 ERA and .209 opponents’ average in his previous 30 starts (July 22, 2013 through July 7, 2014). Teheran allowed 18 homers and 48 walks with 184 strikeouts in 198 2/3 innings during that period, and the Braves were 21-9 in those starts despite providing him a modest 3.17 runs per nine innings pitched.
Lefties are hitting .373 (22-for-59) against him this season, with three homers and a .479 OPB and .644 slugging percentage. Righties are hitting .244/.309/.442 in 86 at-bats.
Teheran has a 7.08 ERA and .346 opponents’ average in four road starts this season.
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