Almost a no-no: Julio Teheran was four outs away from a no-hitter when someone somewhere mentioned it. Of course we all know what happened next. Teheran’s line from yesterday was mighty pretty: 8IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2HBP, 11K. This is the Julio we saw who was so good in spring training. I hope he’s here to stay.
It’s been a while: “Via @EliasSports: Julio Teheran’s no-hit bid of 7 2/3 IP was the longest by an Atlanta Braves’ starter since their last no-hitter in 1994.”
Let’s go streaking with Simba: Andrelton Simmons has an 11-game hitting streak, over which he is hitting .360 with only 3 strikeouts while batting in the top two spots in the order.
Oso in SI: There is an article in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated that features Evan Gattis. The line from the article that took my breath away:
To hold on to that feeling Gattis kept himself awake, sitting alone atop the ski mountain, running his lift and scribbling his thoughts into a notebook. But soon severe insomnia set in, and after seven sleepless days he went to the emergency room.
The entire article is terrific, and well worth the cost of the magazine. Newsstand date of June 10th.
Sub-men surfacing: Jason Heyward has raised his batting average to its highest point (.175) since the third game of the season. B.J. Upton got on base three times (all walks) yesterday, marking the first time since April 18th he’s been on base at least three times in the same game.
Ukkla: Meanwhile, Dan Uggla seems to be a lost cause. He has struck out at least once in 12 straight games, and in 17 of his past 18 games played, hitting just .140 over that span. He is tied for the NL lead in strikeouts, with 73. Time to start Pena for a week, or call up Pastornicky and place Uggla on the disabled list with “broken timing.”
Not a new problem: Uggla’s struggles are not new to this season. In the past 365 days, Uggla has hit .184/.320/.341 with 180 strikeouts. Yes, he’s getting on base with walks, but he’s giving away a ton of outs and not hitting for much power.
What is Upton: Justin Upton has been struggling, one of the reasons he got yesterday off. It’s been 15 games since he last hit a home run, during which he has hit just .194 with 25 strikeouts and only one RBI. Lack of contact has been his problem. He and his brother now have the same number of strikeouts on the season, and Justin has 43 more plate appearances than B.J.
Knucksie tricks: Phil Niekro teaching tricks with a baseball (VIDEO).
Actually, a pretty suite deal: Gwinnett lost. The Gwinnett Braves are apparently discounting 20-person luxury suites to any remaining home game at 50% off, just $500. That’s a pretty good deal for a big group, and a great way to beat the heat this summer. You must reserve your suite by next Friday.
Walkoffs the wrong way: Mississippi lost in extras on a walkoff hit, but got good pitching from Gus Schlosser, Andrew Russell, and Ian Thomas. Hillcast lost on a walkoff in the ninth inning, but also got a good 8-inning start from A.J. Holland.
Can’t rain on Sims: Last year’s first round draft pick Lucas Sims, got his first professional win as a starting pitcher. It was his second win of the season, but first as a starter. He went the distance in a rain shortened game: 5IP, 7H, 4ER, 2R, 0BB, 3K.
Draft, then a left coaster: Good series preview at Tomahawk Take. The Braves are in Los Angeles tonight to take on the Dodgers. It should be a good pitching matchup with Tim Hudson going against Zach Grienke. Huddy has been good at home this season (2.39 ERA, .180 BAA), hopefully he can solve his road woes (7.67 ERA, .328 BAA). The left coast game works out well tonight, as it will not interfere with the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft. The Draft begins at 7pm on MLB Network with rounds one and two, and the Braves have the 31st and 65th picks.