Yesterday didn’t go so well for the Reds. Although the offense mounted another comeback, the group missed multiple opportunities late in the game to take the lead. The bullpen held on as long as possible, but Braves first baseman Matt Adams hit a go-ahead home run in the 12th inning that proved to be the difference. Cincinnati also lost two-thirds of its starting outfield to left shoulder injuries and burned through six relievers after a short outing from veteran Scott Feldman.
The Reds (25-29) will look to right the ship today when they wrap up their three-game set with the Braves (23-30). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET.
Julio Teheran is a tough pitcher to figure out. Touted as the Braves’ top prospect for three straight years and ranked as high as No. 5 in Baseball America’s top 100, he had a lot of hype around him when he debuted in 2011 at age 20. He spent most of that year and 2012 in the minors, but made the full-time jump to the majors in 2013. He looked to be on the verge of becoming one of the top pitchers in the game through his first two seasons but hit a bump in the road in 2015, in large part due to more erratic control.
The right-hander bounced back last season, reducing his walk rate from 8.7 to 5.4 percent, but he’s regressed this year and is in the midst of his worst season in his five-year big league career. He’s seen his walks spike again to a career-worst rate, while his strikeout rate has dipped by almost five percent — his lowest K% since 2012, when he was in Triple-A. Teheran is also giving up home runs at an alarming rate, with 12 allowed on the season and seven in his last three starts (15.1 innings).
Teheran is still only 26 years old, so the Braves are hoping he can put everything together and reach his high potential.
Here are Teheran’s numbers against current Reds hitters over his career (stats courtesy of Baseball Reference):
After a brief stay on the disabled list due to hip inflammation, Amir Garrett is back in the Reds’ starting rotation. His injury may explain his struggles before going on the DL. In his last two starts, he allowed 13 runs, 12 hits, five walks, and seven home runs in nine innings. After his last outing, he let the Reds training staff know something wasn’t right with his hip and he’s had some time to recover.
Prior to those two outings, the southpaw had been rock solid in his rookie season, allowing two runs or fewer in all but one start (the 10-run disaster against the Brewers in April). With a starting rotation in shambles, the Reds are hoping Garrett can rediscover his early-season form.
This will be the first time Garrett has faced the Braves.
|CF Ender Inciarte (93 wRC+)||2B Jose Peraza (68 wRC+)|
|SS Dansby Swanson (53 wRC+)||SS Zack Cozart (161 wRC+)|
|LF Matt Kemp (157 wRC+)||1B Joey Votto (153 wRC+)|
|3B Adonis Garcia (78 wRC+)||LF Adam Duvall (123 wRC+)|
|1B Matt Adams (115 wRC+)||RF Scooter Gennett (105 wRC+)|
|C Tyler Flowers (158 wRC+)||3B Eugenio Suarez (129 wRC+)|
|RF Danny Santana (-5 wRC+)||CF Arismendy Alcantara (55 wRC+)|
|2B Johan Camargo (-18 wRC+)||C Tucker Barnhart (75 wRC+)|
|P Julio Teheran (5.34 xFIP)||P Amir Garrett (4.81 xFIP)|
— After they both suffered left shoulder strains in yesterday’s loss, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler are out of the lineup.
— The struggling Eugenio Suarez is also moving down to sixth in the lineup after batting in the five hole most of the season.
— Brandon Phillips and Nick Markakis are getting the day off for Atlanta.
— That’s right; TWO Braves starters have a negative wRC+.
News and Notes
With these two pitchers on the mound today, neither a pitcher’s duel nor a barnburner are out of the question. Both have thrown the ball at times this season, and both have struggled with control and been knocked around at times, so this matchup should be interesting.