With the benefit of a huge lead in the National League East, the Braves plan to give rookie right-hander Julio Teheran some extra rest as the regular season winds down.
According to Mark Bowman and Eric Single of MLB.com, Teheran will have his next start pushed back to September 10 against the Marlins. The 22-year-old last pitched on August 30, so he’ll go a full 10 days between starts.
Teheran owns a quality 3.01 ERA and 148/42 K/BB ratio over 161 1/3 innings this season. His career-high is 164 1/3 innings between the majors and minors in 2011, but he’s poised to move well past that number if the Braves play deep into October.
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.