Julio Teheran’s last start was the best of his career. Now, he and Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom will face off again in a rematch of their contest from six days ago, where the Braves triumphed 6-0 to cap off a weekend sweep in New York.
It’s hard to say much more about Teheran’s prior start, where he one-hit the Mets. It was the apex of his performance as a starter so far, and the only way he can really outdo it going forward is to throw a no-hitter or a perfect game. Or, perhaps, strike out 20 opposing batters or something absurd like that. But, given all that, all eyes will surely be on him once again, both to see whether he can repeat his performance, and potentially due to the obscene quantity of trade rumors swirling around his name. (For what it’s worth, Braves General Manager John Coppollela stated on Twitter yesterday that Teheran is unlikely to be traded at this point.)
Jacob deGrom, meanwhile, has not had the kind of success enjoyed by Teheran lately. Instead, deGrom hasn’t earned a "W" since April 30, and the Mets have lost seven of his nine starts since then. It’s not that he hasn’t really kept runs off the board (3.58 ERA is livable), but combined with New York’s occasional offensive struggles, it’s been a recipe for a minor disaster for them in May and June.
Hail of bullets:
- A.J. Pierzynski has never gotten a hit against deGrom before, but he’s at 398 doubles for his career now. Nothing special will happen when he reaches 400, but perhaps Chip Caray will start talking about his Hall of Fame case again.
- Don’t necessarily expect to see Hansel Robles (I love this guy) for the rest of the series. He’s thrown eight innings in four outings so far this week, and had to pitch nearly three innings of relief after the Braves decided to go berserk and somehow knock around and throw Steven Matz out of the game last night. On the other hand, as the Mets didn’t use Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins last night due to their heavy workloads, they’re probably fair game for tonight and Sunday’s afternoon contest at this point.
- Julio Teheran has, amusingly, not earned a "W" in a home game this year. This is kind of amusing, because for his career, he has a 3.42 FIP at home / 4.38 FIP on the road, with a smaller but similar xFIP disparity. Yet, this season, his FIP split home-away is nonexistent. He had a substantial such split in his rookie season (2013) and a huge issue with it last season, but this year is more of a reprisal of 2014, where the split was small.
- Mets’ second baseman Neil Walker is one of their few position players not banged up enough to be missing time in the lineup. Walker was absolutely on fire in April: he had the second-most homers of any player, and was a Top 20 bat. His May was pretty good too (108 wRC+). But, he’s fallen off the wagon a bit in June, with only a 90 wRC+ and just one homer in the month. That kind of disparity explains a bit of why the Mets got off to a torrid start in April but have scuffled a bunch since then.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, June 25, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Turner Field
Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, 680 AM/93.7 FM