clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Braves, Teheran set to open 2019 season in Philadelphia

Teheran will make his sixth-straight Opening Day start for Atlanta.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

The 2019 season officially gets underway for the Atlanta Braves on Thursday when they travel to Philadelphia to open a three-game set against the Phillies.

When the 2018 season ended it was reasonable to think that not only would Julio Teheran not be on the mound for Opening Day in 2019 but might not be in a Braves uniform at all. Yet a deal for Teheran never materialized this offseason and injuries to Mike Foltynewicz and others this spring have put Teheran in position to make his sixth straight start on Opening Day which will tie Warren Spahn for the team record.

Teheran has seen quite a bit of velocity loss on his fastball over the last several seasons. He was inconsistent in 2018. On one hand his strikeouts were up but his walk rate rose to a career-worst mark of 11.6 percent. Home runs have also been an issue for Teheran who allowed 26 last season and 57 over the last two seasons.

He came to spring camp vowing to make adjustments. He worked with new pitching coach Rick Kranitz scrapping the windup all together while pitching from the stretch exclusively in an effort to find some consistency. He pitched well during the Grapefruit League but it remains to be seen whether or not he can carry that success over into the regular season.

Teheran will face a formidable lineup in the new look Phillies who revamped their roster and most notably with the acquisition of Bryce Harper. Harper for one has tormented Teheran in his career posting a .450/.577/1.125 line with eight home runs in 52 career plate appearances.

Philadelphia will counter with right-hander Aaron Nola who will be making his second straight Opening Day start. Nola finished third in Cy Young balloting last season and was rewarded with a four-year contract extension during the offseason. He will be asked once again to anchor what the Phillies hope will be an improved rotation in 2019.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on Fox Sports Southeast.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Thursday, March 28, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Streaming: MLB.tv, fubo.tv (Includes free seven-day trial)

Radio: WCNN 680 AM / 93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Battery Power Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Atlanta Braves news from Battery Power