Atlanta Braves @Cincinatti Reds
Thursday, 8/21 7:10 PM
Julio Teheran, RHP (11-9, 3.06 ERA/3.55 FIP/3.70 xFIP) vs David Holmberg, LHP (0-0, 16.88 ERA/20.39 FIP/8.58 xFIP)
Teheran bounced back from two disappointing outings to limit Oakland's powerful offense to a pair of runs last weekend. He limited the Reds to three hits over eight scoreless innings in May.
Friday, 8/22 7:10 PMHolmberg will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to take the start. He did not fare well in his July 8 Reds debut vs. the Cubs when he allowed three homers and allowed five runs in only 2 2/3 innings.
Mike Minor, LHP (5-8, 5.16 ERA/4.60 FIP/3.70 xFIP) vs Mat Latos, RHP (4-3, 3.10 ERA/3.47 FIP/4.14 xFIP)
Since having a start skipped earlier this month, Minor has regained his confidence and started looking more like he did when he produced a 2.90 ERA over 47 starts from July 5, 2012 through the end of the 2013 season.
Latos was not highly effective on Sunday as he lasted only five innings with 97 pitches vs. the Rockies. He gave up three runs and eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Saturday, 8/23 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana, RHP (13-6, 3.71 ERA/3.38 FIP/3.39 xFIP) vs Mike Leake, RHP (9-11, 3.65 ERA/3.72 FIP/3.45 xFIP)
Though he did not have a feel for his slider or good fastball command on Monday, Santana limited the Pirates to three solo home runs. Since struggling during a portion of May and June, he's posted a 3.33 ERA over 10 starts.
Leake, who got a no-decision on Monday at St. Louis, was down 3-0 early but hung in there and battled to keep the game close. He was undone for the tying run on a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh by Daniel Descalso.
Sunday, 8/24 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang, RHP (10-7, 3.50 ERA/3.66 FIP/4.23 xFIP) vs Alfredo Simon, RHP (12-8, 3.35 ERA/4.54 FIP/4.13 xFIP)
Harang went 8 innings for the first time since July 5th against Arizona giving up 3 runs on 9 hits. He's on track to have his best year FIP wise and he'll be attempting to keep that up against his former team in that launching pad. The Braves have found themselves quite an underrated yet unflashy 5th starter.
Simon is winless since July 9 and 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA over his last seven starts. He has lasted through six innings just once in that span when he pitched seven innings on July 30 vs. Arizona.