Inside the Julio Teheran-Cliff Lee duel
PHILADELPHIA -- Entering Wednesday, one complete game had been thrown in baseball this season. It’s only a few weeks, but still, it’s clearly been a rarity. During the afternoon Wednesday, Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto joined San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner with a shutout, doubling the total. And then, on a chilly Philly Wednesday night, Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran and Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cliff Lee added a few more complete games to the underwhelming ledger, with Teheran prevailing in a fantastic 1-0 shutout win.
Fantasy owners don’t need reminders of how good -- and unlucky, really -- Lee is, for it’s not the first time he fanned 13 Braves in a 1-0 loss. It also happened in his last outing of 2013! Lee is a top-five starting pitcher pretty much any way one analyzes these things, and there’s nothing to worry about with him. But this was a bigger night for Teheran, as his 38th career start turned into the first complete game of his young career. Teheran entered play having allowed 20 hits in 19 innings and striking out only nine hitters, leading fantasy owners to wonder whether he had been a bit overdrafted in ESPN leagues: Teheran was the No. 29 starting pitcher chosen in ESPN average draft position, a 13th-rounder overall.