Teheran with another solid outing

It might be important for Julio Teheran to build up his trade value, just in case.

The Braves reportedly listened on trade overtures for Julio Teheran before the trade deadline. They listen on anyone, so it should not come as a surprise they listened on Teheran.

But with Teheran's numbers not as impressive as they were the first two full seasons of his career, the Braves likely did not want to sell low. So it would help them for Teheran to improve his numbers and his value before the end of the season, just in case they want to revisit the possibility again this offseason.

Teheran had two nasty starts in June - June 16 when he allowed six runs in Boston and then June 27 when he allowed six runs in Pittsburgh. But since then, Teheran has had only one bad start. He allowed five runs in four innings in Baltimore on July 28.

Overall since July 1, Teheran is 2-2 and has allowed 18 earned runs on 39 hits in 43.1 innings, with 17 walks and 42 strikeouts. His ERA in that span is 3.74. But he has five quality starts in his seven appearances.

We all know Teheran's splits have been bizarre this season. He's got a 2.52 ERA in his 11 home starts, but his ERA on the road is 6.75 in 12 road starts. But in his seven wins, Teheran has been tremendous, with a 0.98 ERA, while he's been quite awful in his six losses, with an ERA of 9.00.

It's a good sign that his strikeouts are up. Before July, he had just 74 strikeouts in 94.2 innings. So he's back to averaging a strikeout per inning.

Teheran was just not good in May and June, as he posted a 5.03 ERA in six May starts and a 5.08 ERA in five June starts. His pre-July ERA was 4.95, so he is making progress.

Look, the Braves may decide to keep Teheran. He's got a club-friendly contract for the next several years (through 2020 including the option), but that's what also makes him marketable. Teams that are looking at trading anything of value for starting pitching must have controllable years left on the receiving deals to give up something significant. And Teheran has that.

The Braves have traded many of their marketable pieces, but Teheran is an interesting case. Would they believe they could get another good offensive piece in a deal for Teheran? They used Alex Wood that way, to get third baseman Hector Olivera. So with the depth that is being accumulated in the pitching staff, could Teheran fetch another good bat?

If so, he needs to continue to improve his numbers in the final 50 games of the season. That might make the decision even more difficult for the Braves on whether to keep Teheran or use him to improve the team even more for the future.





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