'Nasty' Teheran extends excellence against Mets

Right-hander's scoreless streak vs. NY reaches 24 innings

'Nasty' Teheran extends excellence against Mets

ATLANTA -- On the heels of a one-hitter last Sunday, Julio Teheran entered Saturday's rematch against the Mets and Jacob deGrom with the same plan.

And once again, the right-hander executed it to near perfection.

While receiving zero runs from his offense, Teheran yielded only five hits and struck out seven batters over eight innings in the Braves' 1-0, 11-inning loss to the Mets.

"Just to follow it up with one darn near as good as the one before, it's hard," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It's really hard, and it just shows you what kind of roll he's on."

Since surrendering a three-run home run to Cincinnati's Jay Bruce on June 14, Teheran has tossed a career-best 23 consecutive scoreless innings. The run is the longest active streak in the National League and the longest by an Atlanta starter in a single season since Paul Maholm pitched 25 1/3 scoreless innings in 2013.

The right-hander's string of success against New York has been almost as impressive, as he hasn't allowed a run against the Mets in his past 24 innings against them dating back to June 21, 2015.

"I don't think about stats or about numbers," said Teheran when asked about his recent dominance of New York. "It's just every time I get to pitch, I get my plan and compete like I always do every five days. That's the kind of mindset I want to have."

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The 25-year-old looked almost as imposing on the mound on Saturday as he did just six days ago at Citi Field. After surrendering a one-out single to Yoenis Cespedes in the third, Teheran retired 15 straight batters before giving up a single to Curtis Granderson in the eighth.

"From center, I see he's pretty nasty," Ender Inciarte said. "I don't want to be in the box against Julio because he's throwing pitches that you have a 90 percent chance of not hitting.

"Julio was dealing the whole game, and you could see it with the way [the Mets] were looking."

Teheran's ERA now stands at 1.61 over his past 12 starts. In his 16 outings this year, he's surrendered two or fewer earned runs on 10 separate occasions.

But for the 12th time this year, the Braves scored less than two runs on Saturday with their ace on the mound. Teheran has now received just 23 runs of support in his past 12 games, resulting in a 3-5 record during that span.

Although his record doesn't show his effectiveness, it hasn't prevented Teheran from being mentioned as one of the best pitchers who could be moved before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. But the right-hander hasn't let those talks distract him.

"I don't think about it, but I hear about it because there are a lot of comments," Teheran said. "I just focus on what I've been doing because this is the best I've been feeling during my career."

Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.