The Braves were on the right end of a close game on Monday, getting three innings of shutdown relief work from their bullpen. On Tuesday Atlanta turns to the elder statesman of their starting rotation as they look to clinch a series win and climb above .500.
Julio Teheran last started in Cincinnati, where he produced a quality start, going six innings while allowing three runs with seven strikeouts. From the outset Teheran looked sharp, featuring a two-seam fastball unlike any we have seen in recent history. With that weapon at his disposal, Teheran limited the Reds to just five hits with none of those leaving the small confines of Great American Ballpark, but walked three batters and hit another in route to a loss.
Thus far Teheran has shown flashes of his former self, but inconstencies with command have allowed opposing teams to tee off at inopportune times. Big innings are largely the culprit behind the 5.40 ERA produced by Teheran in 2019, and his 4.61 FIP furthers the narrative that the right-hander may be short for the Atlanta rotation when younger alternatives prove their worthiness. Tonight, facing a lineup that is without young phenom Fernando Tatis, Jr., Teheran has an opportunity to regain his hold on a spot, but will need to show vast improvement over recent starts.
Opposing Teheran for the visiting Padres will be Chris Paddack, a rookie armed with one of the most devastating changeups to enter the league in some time. The 23-year-old is coming off a start against the Mariners in which he worked seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts, allowing one walk and one hit en route to a Padres victory. Paddack has been impressive throughout the season thus far, producing a 1.67 ERA over 27 innings in five starts. There is little to glean from just five starts, but it is clear that Paddack is willing to work in the zone with his impressive arsenal, given that he owns a 30/8 K/BB ratio thus far.
The Padres have multiple players with a (somewhat) meaningful number of at-bats versus Julio Teheran. Wil Myers has the most, and is 3-for-13 with two homers. Travis Jankowski (2-for-7 with five walks) and Eric Hosmer (2-for-5, one homer) have some success against Teheran, but that is essentially the extent of the Padres’ history with the right-hander. The Braves have no players with at-bats versus Chris Paddack.
This should be an interesting matchup, given how important this game may be for Julio Teheran if he intends to remain a part of the Braves rotation throughout the 2019 season. Atlanta will have its hands full with Chris Paddack, but tune in with us and join in the game thread as the club looks to win its third straight.
San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:20 p.m. EDT
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports South, MLB.tv
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network, La Mejor 1600/1460/1130 AM