ATLANTA — Julio Teheran has had a so-so season for Atlanta http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-greg-bird-jersey
, but he may be the perfect pitcher to have on the mound Sunday as the Braves continue to try to hold first place in the National League East.Teheran is 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against Pittsburgh and has allowed only one earned run in his past 27 1/3 innings against the Pirates.The Braves (75-60) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 comeback victory over the Pirates on Saturday night and lead the Phillies, who lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-1 in Philadelphia, by three games.Article continues below ...The Pirates (66-70) will start rookie Nick Kingham in the series final at SunTrust Park after veteran Ivan Nova, who is 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in four career starts versus Atlanta, was scratched.Teheran (9-7, 4.18 ERA) beat the Pirates with a strong seven-inning outing in Pittsburgh after Nova (7-9, 4.35 ERA) lost a day earlier in the Braves’ three-game sweep Aug. 20-22.Teheran gave up two hits and a run in his victory as the right-hander walked one after experiencing control problems most of the season.“It was the best command I’ve had in a while,” he said afterward.Teheran’s four-seam fastball averaged only 87.7 mph Dellin Betances Jersey
, but he was able to locate and keep the Pirates off balance with his other pitches.“Warming up, I felt I didn’t need to throw harder,” Teheran said. “I wasn’t forcing it. I was throwing down and up and commanding.”That wasn’t the same way that Teheran had gone after the Pirates in previous seasons.“It’s a different pitcher than we saw a few years ago,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He made pitches. He slowed the game down. He spun the ball extremely well.”After going 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA in five starts through the Pittsburgh game, Teheran didn’t fare as well in his most recent start against Tampa Bay. He allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Rays in a no-decision and surrendered his 24th homer of the season.Kingham (5-6, 4.92 ERA) will get the start for the Pirates opposite Teheran because Nova is away from his team for personal reasons.Nova’s absence can’t be bad news for the Braves despite their victory against him two weeks ago in Pittsburgh.Nova, a victim of poor run support most the season, lost for the first time to Atlanta despite giving up only four hits and two runs in six innings. He didn’t walk anyone in that game and has issued two free passes in 27 1/3 career innings against the Braves.Kingham will be making his 15th major league appearance and 13th start.Kingham Matt Holliday Jersey
, who has never faced the Braves, made his two appearances out of the bullpen after lasting a total of four innings in starts at the end of July and beginning of August before being sent to Triple-A Indianapolis.The 26-year-old right-hander allowed six runs in three innings against the New York Mets and then four runs (two earned) in one inning before being pulled against the Chicago Cubs.The highlight for Kingham this season came in his major league debut at the end of April, when he limited St. Louis to one hit in seven scoreless innings while striking out nine and walking none. NEW YORK — The San Francisco Giants hope a fluky victory Monday night will jumpstart a stagnant offense and fuel an unlikely run back into the playoff race. The New York Mets hope the agonizing hard-luck defeat won’t send them back into a familiar funk.The Giants will look to start a winning streak when they visit the Mets on Tuesday night for the second contest of a four-game series at Citi Field.The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak by earning a 2-1, 13-inning win Monday, when Andrew McCutchen scored from third base with two outs in the 13th after Brandon Crawford’s pop-up was dropped by Mets shortstop Amed Rosario as he was hit from behind by left fielder Dominic Smith.Article continues below ...Giants right-hander Chris Stratton (8-7, 5.52 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento prior to the game and is scheduled to oppose Mets left-hander Steven Matz (5-10, 4.60).The win Monday kept flickering playoff hopes alive for the Giants (62-64), who are seven games behind in the race for the second wild card in the National League. Any chances of moving back into contention rest on a revival of an offense that has produced 11 runs in the last five games and stranded four runners in scoring position in the first 11 innings against the Mets.“It’s a great feeling http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-austin-romine-jersey
,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said afterward. “You’re in extra innings, you’re trying to score any way you can and we got a break. They collided, knocked the ball out and you take it.”Any playoff hopes for the Mets ended during a June in which they went 5-21. New York (54-70) has been playing better of late and entered Monday with eight wins in its last 12 games and the most runs in the NL (111) since Aug. 1.But the Mets, who are averaging the fewest runs of any team at home (3.21 runs per game), stranded 10 runners, including two apiece in the 11th and 12th before the collision between Smith, a converted first baseman, and Rosario.“It’s an easy play for our team and we messed it up Reggie Jackson Jersey
, communication-wise,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “We cost ourselves the game tonight with little things.”Stratton and Matz will be looking to recapture their first-half form Tuesday.Stratton will be pitching for the Giants for the first time since Aug. 3, when he took the loss after allowing six runs over three innings as the Giants fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3. He is 0-2 with a 14.14 ERA in his last four appearances (three starts) dating back to June 28, a stretch in which his overall ERA rose from 4.14 to 5.52 and he was sent to Sacramento twice.However, in his most recent Triple-A stint, Stratton went 2-0 in two starts while allowing two runs over 13 innings. He has never faced the Mets.Matz, who missed the first 15 days of the month because of a flexor pronator strain in his left arm, returned from the disabled list Thursday http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-bernie-williams-jersey
, when he took the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) over two innings as the Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-6. He is 1-3 with a 13.18 ERA dating back to July 21, a stretch in which his overall ERA has risen from 3.38 to 4.60.Matz won his lone career start and appearance against the Giants on April 29, 2016, when he tossed six scoreless innings in the Mets’ 13-1 victory.