Back on June 10th, Jace Peterson was called back up to the major league squad, but it was more out of necessity than anything since he wasn’t exactly playing well in Gwinnett to begin with. However, he’s been doing a good job since he came back up, and he put an exclamation point on his return by basically putting the team on his back and pulling the Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. He hit a game-tying homer in the 8th inning, then brought in the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning, and that’s a nice recipe for a victory.
The Braves got a prognosis on Mallex Smith’s broken left thumb, and it looks like we won’t be seeing him for a long time. He’ll probably be out for 8-10 weeks, and as such, he was put on the 15-day DL, with Emilio Bonifacio taking his place on the roster for the time being.
Julio Teheran has been having a good season so far, and if you’re having a good season with the 2016 Braves, then that makes you a prime candidate for a trade. On the other hand, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports believes that the Braves would be better off keeping Teheran and should try to put another pitcher on the market — Arodys Vizcaino.
...The Braves could plausibly be good again while [Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran] are still under contract in close to their prime. It absolutely makes sense for the Braves to demand a big haul for their star pitcher. Teheran is putting up career-best numbers in some important categories and if the team decides to deal him later, the chances of him getting worse in his age-26 or 27 seasons--typically prime years--are slim.
Instead then, Rosenthal suggests making Vizcaino available. The 25-year old right-hander is arbitration-eligible through the 2019 season and would also come with substantial cost-control. As Rosenthal points out though, his worth might be diminished on the trade market due to Tommy John surgery in 2012 and a performance-enhancing drug suspension to begin the 2015 season.
Teheran outdid himself with his performance on Sunday, which inspired Ivan to take a look at some of Teheran’s best starts over the years according to stats such as WPA, FIP, whiff rate, and other stats. This is basically an analytical way to appreciate the best moments of Teheran’s time with the Braves so far.
Tim Anderson led off the game between the White Sox and the Red Sox with a solo home run (which happened to be the first of his career). The White Sox ended the first inning up 2-0, and that ended up being enough run support for ace Chris Sale to lead Chicago to an eventual 3-1 victory against Boston.
Elsewhere in the AL Central, Corey Kluber took some time on Tuesday to remind everybody that he’s one of the best pitchers in the game. Kluber threw a complete game, three-hit shutout against Tampa and Cleveland cruised to a 6-0 victory in the process.