If you read my preview yesterday, you'll recall I mentioned Gio needed a game like last night against the Braves. Their current lineup had done pretty well against him in the times they'd seen him. So, his line of 7 innings pitched, 2 runs allowed, 8Ks, and a lone walk. It was a great performance by the happy go lucky lefty. He got a lot of support, too with 3 different Nats hitting home runs, including 2 from the young phenom, Bryce Harper. With the end result being a 9-2 romp, it was an excellent all around game. Today, the Nationals start game 2 of the 3 games series while also attempting to have a winning record for the first time this season. They'll send Doug Fister to the mound to take on Julio Teheran and vie for the series win.
Teheran has been pretty good for the Braves this season, accumulating a 3.82 ERA, but he's been pitching over his means as evidenced by his 5.46 FIP. He's allowed a lot of walks, but also striking out a decent clip with a 7.6 K/9. Hopefully today with the Nationals offense firing on all cylinders they'll be able to expose him a little bit. Teheran's last couple of games haven't been a mixed bag. He went 6 innings and didn't allow a single run in his last start, but before that he allowed a decent number of runs without going to long into the game. On the 28th or April, he started the game in which Dan Uggla ultimately hit a late home run to seal the deal on a 13-12 win for the Nationals. Though he allowed only 3 runs, he didn't last too long and allowed 2 home runs. Hopefully the Nationals have more of that luck today. Fortunately the Nationals have pretty decent numbers against Teheran, so if Denard Span and Bryce Harper act the way they have historically against this guy, it'll be a fun game.
Teheran vs. Current Nationals
Fister's season so far has been a mostly typical season. Statistically, he has a few anomalies though. His BB/9 is 2.6, which is elevated from his normal 1.8 and his K/9 is down, typically sitting around 4.1 with his career number being 6.1. His FIP is elevated by 1.03 vs. his career norm as well, but there is still plenty of time for these things to even out. His last game was excellent and he could very well be getting right back on track. Like the rest of the team, it's possible he just had a little bit of a slow start. The Braves usually see Fister well, unfortunately. Like last night, though there is a reason they play the games. If you recall, I'd noted that the Braves usually see Gio well according to the numbers against him, yet Gio was as dominant as he's been. So maybe that is how today's game will unfold. We shall see.
Fister vs Current Braves