Teheran (9-9) pitched six innings and took the loss Thursday, allowing a run on two hits and two walks in the loss to the Mets. He struck out five and yielded a home run. Teheran held the Mets in check most of the night aside from a Kevin Plawecki solo shot in the third inning. In his final start of 2018, the 27-year-old dropped his season ERA to 3.94 in 175.2 innings. Unfortunately, Teheran struggled with his control all year, posting a 162:84 K:BB with a career-worst 4.3 BB/9.
Teheran allowed four runs on five hits in 6.1 innings Friday against the Phillies, striking out five and walking three in a no-decision. Teheran pitched effectively after giving up a first-inning homer to Cesar Hernandez, throwing five scoreless innings before allowing three runs in the top of the seventh. Teheran's numbers this season are a little peculiar, as he has an elevated 4.03 ERA but his .199 batting average against make him just one of four starting pitchers holding opponents to a sub-.200 average (Blake Snell, Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole the other three). While he does limit the hits, he's given up the third most walks (82) in the majors and surrendered 25 home runs in 169.2 innings as well. Teheran's next start will be determined by the rotation the Braves decide to go with, as he'll face either the Mets in New York or have a rematch with the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Teheran (9-8) took the loss Saturday against the Nationals, throwing just four innings and allowing a pair of runs on three hits and six walks while striking out seven. Teheran required 90 pitches just to get through four frames. The Nationals couldn't manage an extra-base hit off him, but his six walks were a season high. He was saddled for the loss after the Braves could only manage a single run over the course of the game. He'll look to show better control in his next start Thursday against the Phillies.
Tehran allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out five across seven innings Sunday against the Pirates. He did not factor into the decision. Tehran limited the Pirates' bats by generating 11 groundball outs, his highest total of the season. Though he managed only eight swings and misses, he continued to control the strike zone well, walking two or fewer batters for the fifth consecutive start. That's been one factor in his recent success as he's allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven outings.
Teheran allowed four runs on six hits and one walk across 5.2 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Rays. He struck out five. Teheran allowed just a pair of sacrifice flies through the first five innings, but a two-run home run from Brandon Lowe in the sixth inning tarnished what could have been a better line. That said, Teheran wasn't particularly sharp, throwing just 57 percent of his pitches for strikes and throwing first-pitch strikes to 12 of 25 batters. Teheran had delivered quality starts in each of his previous three outings, allowing four earned runs over 20 innings during that stretch. He'll look to bounce back this weekend against the Pirates.