Teheran Rumors Spice Second Half

Braves starter Julio Teheran will be a huge key as the Braves second half moves forward. The veteran right-hander struggled in the first half, finishing with a 4.76 ERA.

Teheran will be a key through stepping up his game or being involved in a trade. ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting the Braves are very open to offers for Teheran.

The Colombian has a decent 7-6 record, aided by the 4th best run support in the major leagues. The Braves have averaged 6.5 runs when Teheran starts, the next closest is Mike Foltynewicz, who has received 5.1.

You often read in the papers or hear a Braves broadcaster talk about the Braves needing a “top of the rotation starter.” There is significant speculation out there that Braves GM John Coppolella is dangling prospects to acquire one. Oakland’s Sonny Gray is the name mentioned most and the Braves were reportedly scouting Detroit’s Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer this past weekend..

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If Teheran would pitch like the number one starter he has sometimes been, the Braves may not need to acquire a front line starter this season. Particularly since Folytnewicz and R.A. Dickey have gotten their games together.

Teheran’s career ERA is 3.52 and he has had seasons significantly better than that. Last season Teheran had a 3.21 ERA with a 1.053 WHIP (walks & hits/innings pitched). In 2014 Teheran racked up a 2.89 ERA and 1.081 WHIP.

I’m optimistic Teheran is going to have a big second half. His last start against Washington his fastball had more pop, sitting in the 93-94 mph range. Prior starts his fastball was 91-92. When Teheran’s fastball has pop up in the zone, he can be electric.