Just a few days ago, the Atlanta Braves had won back-to-back games and all was right with the world. As of Tuesday afternoon, though, the Braves have dropped three games in a row (9 of 11 overall) and the team is in search of a skid-stopping victory. Fortunately, Brian Snitker and company will send their best starting pitcher to the mound in an attempt to grab that win.
Julio Teheran has been that pitcher for the Braves in 2016, posting a 2.85 ERA in 82 innings across 13 starts. After back-to-back starts in which he allowed three runs in sub-standard fashion, Teheran bounced back well in his most recent outing, eating through eight innings while allowing only two runs in a victory over the Padres on June 8.
In this particular match-up, Teheran could sustain success if he avoids hiccups against Cincinnati's top hitters. Jay Bruce and Joey Votto are both potent from the left side of the plate, but aside from that, Adam Duvall (who has 18 home runs!) and Eugenio Suarez both bat from the right side and that should help Teheran in containing their production to some degree.
The Reds will send 23-year-old left-hander Brandon Finnegan to the hill on Tuesday and, as always, left-handers give Atlanta a great deal of trouble. The Braves have proven somewhat capable of upending lefties with sub-optimal stuff at times, but Finnegan has strung together a decent season (3.77 ERA) to this point and it isn't the most favorable situation for Atlanta's bats.
Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest, and let's do this together.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 7:10 pm ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, MLB.tv (streaming)
Radio: 680 AM, 93.7 FM (Flagship in Atlanta), WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network