PHILADELPHIA — Looked upon as a singular moment, Julio Teheran’s getaway on Wednesday night resistant to the Phillies was the epitome of great pitching. Teheran held your Phillies to three hits in a 1-0 shutout from Citizens Bank Park in a performance that was historical in the wild.
Understand that in a year the Phillies usually are celebrating the 10th wedding anniversary of their ballpark — one that has been the disdain of many a new pitcher, including Braves legend Bob Smoltz, for being overly hitter warm and friendly — the 23-year-old Colombian became the first traveling to pitcher to throw some sort of shutout at Citizens Bank over the regular season. (The Cards’ Joe Carpenter blanked the Phils, 1-0, in Game 5 of the 2011 Country wide League Division Series.)
‘He’s a new competitor,’ Braves catcher Evan Gattis said involving Teheran. ‘That’s his makeup and that’s his build. That’s him to your core. He’s fiery, he or she is a competitor, he’s won.’
That said, Teheran’s effort is just a section of the bigger story this year with regards to how the Braves have opened the season 10-4. The starting rotation, any kind of whom Gattis could have been talking about, continues to be better than advertised. The Braves have already been eagerly awaiting the returning of Mike Minor (painful shoulder) and offseason signing Gavin Floyd (Tommy Steve surgery) to the rotation. Both equally will make rehab starts about Friday, with Minor predicted to return early next week if perhaps all goes well.
Entering Thursday’s action, the Braves’ rotation had a Key League-best 1.62 ERA in addition to was tied for initial with a .204 average against. Virtually no starter had allowed a lot more than three earned runs.
‘You hear about it all the time in people rotations that are three, some, five deep,’ stated Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. ‘They challenge each other and want to one up each other. We’d it with the Glavines, the Maddux’s as well as the Smoltz’ here. You hear chats with Bobby that you want to keep your competition, and they work off the other.’
All of which begs the question, who departs from the rotation as soon as Minor and Floyd return?
It’s noticeable that David Hale will be the very first choice, but when Floyd is ready, this Braves have the type of problem a great deal of teams would love to have. Teheran continues to be dominant, but then so have Alex Solid wood, Ervin Santana, and Aaron Harang.
Harang, who will start on Feb 5th at Citi Field, signed while using team in late March and it is 2-1 with a 0.96 Age.