Saturday, June 25, 2016

deGrom tries to get back in win column vs. Teheran

Jacob deGrom's winless streak stretched to nine starts on Sunday, when Julio Teheran and the Braves defeated the Mets, 6-0, at Citi Field.
Now, just six days later, the right-hander will look to avoid extending that streak to double digits when he squares off against Atlanta on Saturday at Turner Field in a rematch vs. Teheran.
deGrom's most recent win came on April 30 against San Francisco. Since then, the 28-year-old has posted an 0-4 record and a 3.58 ERA. The Mets have gone 2-7 in his starts.
This recent stretch hasn't fallen solely on deGrom. New York has averaged only 3.21 runs per game with him on the mound this year -- the sixth-lowest mark in the National League -- and scored only two total runs in his past four outings.
Much like deGrom, Teheran hasn't received much help from his offense. The right-hander received two or fewer runs of support in 10 of his first 12 starts, and the Braves have averaged only 2.94 runs per game when he pitches, the third-lowest mark in the NL.
But after receiving a season-high six runs of support in his complete-game one-hitter Sunday, the Braves' ace will hope his team's bats stay hot as he attempts to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Things to know about this game
• A.J. Pierzynski stands two doubles away from becoming the fourth catcher to record 400 career doubles. The 39-year-old will look to accomplish this feat against deGrom, who he's 0-for-9 against during his career.
• Neil Walker entered May tied for third in the NL with 13 home runs. He's homered just once in June, though, as he's lost his power stroke. The second baseman hasn't found much success vs. Teheran, who he's 2-for-14 against in his career.
• All three of Teheran's wins this year have come on the road, where he's posted a 2.10 ERA. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 3.28 ERA at Turner Field this season.

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