Atlanta took care of the Dodgers on Tuesday in what was easily its' strongest win of the season with an 8-1 beatdown on Los Angeles. The seven-run deficit was one run greater than the total margin of defeat the Braves totaled in the three-game sweep over Miami last weekend.
Julio Teheran will take the mound after being scratched from last night's start due to an illness. The Braves' staff made due in Teheran's absence as Williams Perez and Ryan Weber combined to allow just one run over seven innings as Weber earned his first MLB win.
Teheran will have his work cut out for him against a Dodgers' lineup that has had his number over the years. Teheran is 0-4 with a 6.08 ERA in his four career starts against Los Angeles. Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez are a combined 8-18 with two home runs against him. That -- coupled with his slow start this season -- equal up to a tall task for Teheran to find his rhythm in 2016 starting on Wednesday night.
Ross Stripling will be the opposing pitcher for the Dodgers. Despite not earning a win in his first two starts of the season, Stripling has been very effective on the mound. He's allowed just two runs over 13.1 innings pitched with nine strikeouts and a 0.75 WHIP. Thanks to the bullpen blowing his lead against the Giants and no run support against the Diamondbacks, Stripling has yet to earn a decision in his major league career.
Coming off a big offensive night, the Braves' lineup will look to keep it going against a rookie starter. Mallex Smith, Tyler Flowers, and Jeff Francoeur all had multi-RBI games in the explosion from the plate. It will be important for Atlanta to take advantage of an inexperienced starter as it goes for five straight wins, as some guy named Clayton Kershaw is lurking around the corner to take the mound on Thursday.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, April 20, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, 680 AM/93.7 FM