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Braves/Pirates Game Preview: Teheran to battle Bucs in Steel City

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The Braves want to avoid a sweep in Pittsburgh.

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Julio Teheran will do whatever he can to help the Braves get their first win of the series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and the team's first of the post-Fredi era.

Teheran is still looking for his first win due mostly to a 2.13 run-support average, which ranks second-worst in the majors. He's done all he can, posting a 1.44 ERA over his last five starts. Perhaps he'll be able to cool down the Pirates offense enough to get the Braves a win. Matt Joyce and Gregory Polanco have feasted on opposing pitching lately. Joyce is 5-8 with a homer in the series, and Polanco has back-to-back three-hit games.

Opposing him is lefty Francisco Liriano, who was shelled for eight runs (and three homers) against the Cubs in his last start. However, he's allowed just one run in two home starts totaling 12.2 innings with 16 strikeouts this year. In four starts against the Braves, he's allowed two runs or less in three of them, which bodes ill for the hapless Braves.

Teheran is 2-1 in six games (five starts) with a 4.32 ERA against the Pirates, but has not pitched well in Pittsburgh, allowing 10 runs in 13 innings. Andrew McCutchen is 5-12 against Teheran with a pair of homers. Only one other Pirates hitter (Josh Harrison) has at least 10 plate appearances against him.