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On Deck: Verlander's chase for Ks, Teheran debuts

Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:19 am


By Evan Brunell

BEST MATCHUP:  Justin Verlander (2-3, 3.75 ERA) will look to stop the Tigers' recent streak of futility when Detroit takes on Toronto, who will counter with Ricky Romero (2-3, 3.00 ERA). Both Verlander and Romero are two of the league's better pitchers in the early going. Romero had his previous start pushed back two days after straining his left oblique muscle. That injury is something to watch, given recent rash of obliques knocking players out for extended periods of time. Romero is also looking to build on the momentum of defeating the Yankees to break a personal three-game losing streak. Verlander, meanwhile, will attempt to narrow the gap between himself and Cliff Lee for baseball's lead in strikeouts. Lee has 60 on the night after a brilliant 16-K effort Friday night while Verlander is currently at 51. Tigers at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. ET

PHENOM LOOKS TO EXTEND STREAK: The Atlanta Braves withstood Lee's outburst to take out the Phillies for its sixth straight victory, which pushed Philly's edge in the NL East to 3 1/2. Atlanta still has to leapfrog the Marlins, who are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves and face the Nationals Saturday. Atlanta will toss out rookie Julio Teheran, who is making his first career start in a spot start. Teheran is widely considered the best pitching prospect in the game and is not even of drinking age. The Braves' rotation is all sorts of silly deep, isn't it? Philly will counter with one of its non-aces, as Kyle Kendrick replaces Roy Oswalt in the rotation. It will be Kendrick's first start of the year after making eight relief appearances, tossing 13 innings of a 2.08 ERA but with a horrid 2/8 K/BB ratio. He's going to have his hands full with the streaking Atlanta squad. Braves at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET

CELLAR DWELLERS: Not every day you advocate a game between two of the worst teams in the NL, but hey. Houston and Pittsburgh are actually both holding their own so far, with the Bucs checking in at a 15-17 record and Houston 13-19 and playoff aspirations still firmly in hand. Teams aside, this is an intriguing pitching matchup, as Bud Norris is breaking out before our very eyes. He's improving his command the more he pitches and now has to be talked about in the same vein as Brandon Morrow and could even be better than his Jays counterpart. Opposing Norris is Charlie Morton and his new Roy Halladay pitching motion which has delivered a 3.75 ERA thus far. However, a 5.40 BB/9 means the wheels will fall off anytime now. How long can Morton continue to defeat inevitability? Astros at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:28 pm

On Deck: Verlander's chase for Ks, Teheran debuts

I can't wait to see Julio Teheran pitch on Saturday.   I don't think Braves fans should expect anything more than a quality start today from Teheran--I see a line of maybe 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K.  The good news is that Kyle Kendrick sucks, so that should be good enough to get another W against the Phillies.

I think Julio Teheran will be back in September, maybe in a David Price-esque relief role for the stretch (although with Craig Kimbrall, there's not a need to have him close).  I'm not sure the Braves will be able to keep him out of the rotation next year, barring injury of course.  Think of a 2012 rotation of Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe (pitching for his last contract), Tommy Hanson, Brandon Beachy, & Julio Teheran.   This of course presupposes that the Braves will trade Jair Jurrjens this offseason for some help at SS or in the OF, which I secretly think will happen.  They can't afford to pay him $10M+ a year that he will demand in a year or two, and he can bring some  value in return...maybe in packages for guys like Nick Swisher or BJ Upton.

I think Teheran's going to make Atlanta fans glad they don't have to pick between our new Julio's....Julio Jones looks like a good one too!

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