Braves @ Dodgers July 22, 2017: Teheran vs. Hill

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers (66-31) haven’t lost a series since they dropped two of three games to the Nationals in early June. The Braves (47-48) have two chances to give L.A. its first series loss in nearly seven weeks. Rich Hill (3.55 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 4.68 DRA) takes the mound to try to stop the Dodgers’ — gasp — two-game skid.

Braves
Dodgers
6:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Inciarte
2B
Utley
2B
Camargo
SS
Seager
1B
Freeman
1B
Bellinger
LF
Kemp
C
Grandal
C
Flowers
3B
Forsythe
RF
Markakis
CF
Pederson
3B
Rodríguez RF Puig
SS
Swanson
LF
Thompson
P
Teherán (R)
P
Hill (L)

Hill, who struggled early on in 2017, seems to have turned it around, if his last five starts are any indication. In 31 IP, he’s allowed just six earned runs, and struck out 44 batters versus six walks. It’s amazing what happens when Hill can throw his curveball for strikes.

Julio Teherán (4.69 ERA, 5.38 FIP, 5.27 DRA) doesn’t have great overall numbers this year, but he’s been excellent on the road. In nine away starts this year, Teherán has a 2.53 ERA, and a .666 OPS against (more than 200 points better than his home OPS against). Teherán has started against the Dodgers six times in the regular season, and once in the postseason. He most recently faced them in June of 2016, when he allowed three runs in 5.2 IP at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won that game, 4-2.

Justin Turner, who is “a little under the weather,” gets the night off, with Logan Forsythe taking over at third base.

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Looking ahead to next week:

Brandon McCarthy‘s start on Thursday was his worst of the season (by Game Score). Kenta Maeda pitched Wednesday against the White Sox, and would be going on five days’ rest.

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.