The Chicago Cubs brought out the heavy artillery against Julio Teheran, as they blasted him in an 8-3 win on Monday. The key to the Braves’ success this season has been Teheran pitching above expectations. There’s a little more to it than that, but Teheran and Mike Soroka have combined to be an effective pitching duo for the greater part of 2019.
However, this is the second time that Teheran has gotten bombed in a row. This time Teheran allowed 9 hits and 7 earned runs in 4 innings of play. In his last 8 innings, he’s surrendered 13 earned runs. The rotation struggling is the opening that the Phillies are going to need to close the gap in the NL East. Soroka recently was hit by a line drive, and might miss a start, but fortunately is only dealing with a bruise. This team would fall pretty quickly without Soroka for an extended period of time.
Atlanta still hold a 5.5-game lead in the division, so they still have a comfortable enough lead. This is baseball, though, and it’s only June. The Braves are absolutely going to need Teheran to go far in the postseason, though. They recently optioned Mike Foltynewicz to the minors, as they’ve seen enough of his act in 2019 up in the big leagues.
Folty had a breakout campaign last season, but has struggled to his season going in 2019. Tough break for the Braves, who would really have a dominant rotation if he continued his hot run. Max Freid will look to get the Braves back on track at Wrigley on Tuesday. The Cubs are expected to counter with rookie Adbert Alzolay. He will be making the second start of his career in this one. Head below for our free Braves vs. Cubs pick.
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Adbert Alzolay made a brilliant debut with the Cubs in his first ever major league outing. He was fantastic in 4 innings, with only 1 hit and a run allowed against the Mets. The Cubs couldn’t have asked for much more out of Alzolay. He is listed as the No. 4 prospect in the Cubs’ organization, so there are expectations for him to ultimately be a major contributor in Wrigleyville.
His long-term status with the Cubs in 2019 is unknown, though. If there are signs of a prospect struggling, teams usually don’t wait long to send them back down to the minors. There was no question that Alzolay deserves to get another start after what he did to Mets. Fortunately, he will get another outing in his home ballpark for his second career start. Alzolay will be up against Max Fried of the Braves. Fried has been average as they come in 2019. He made 9 starts between 2017 and 2018, both of which were decent years for him.
The Braves have inserted him into the fulltime rotation this season, as he makes his 16th start on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Friend has been out of this world against the Cubs, though he’s only faced them in one game for 28 at-bats. He made the most out of it, though, allowing just 1 hit for a stunning .129 OBA.
That was at home earlier this season. Doing it at Wrigley can be a different animal. Fried has also been worse on the road as well, posting an ERA of 4.75 and 1.58 WHIP in 36 innings. Expect the Cubs to get a bit of revenge on Fried in this spot. After rolling last night, they should be able to keep it going again tonight. Consider selecting the Cubs at an affordable price at home, where they’ve been solid with a record of 28-14.