For the sixth consecutive season, Julio Teheran will be the Braves’ Opening Day starter. Teheran’s streak of six consecutive Opening Day starts ties Warren Spahn from 1957-62 for the longest such streak for the franchise in the Modern Era (since 1900).
Overall, Teheran’s six career Opening Day starts with the Braves give him sole possession of fourth most for the franchise in the Modern Era. The only pitchers ahead of him on that list are Spahn with 10, Phil Niekro with eight and Greg Maddux with seven.
With Felix Hernandez’s Opening Day starts streak set to end and Clayton Kershaw’s likely to end as well, Teheran’s six straight could end up as the longest active streak.
This is the second straight season that Teheran and the Braves will face the Phillies on Opening Day. The Braves won 8-5 in last year’s contest in Atlanta. This year, they’ll face off in Philadelphia.
Teheran went 9-9 last season with a 3.94 ERA and 162 strikeouts. In his five prior Opening Day starts, he has a 2.73 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. He’d gone at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs in each of his Opening Day starts until 2018, when he went 5 2/3 and allowed four runs.
Teheran has allowed eight home runs to new Phillies superstar Bryce Harper in his career, the most home runs Teheran has allowed to any batter and the most Harper has hit against any pitcher.
Source: Teheran ties team mark with 6th straight opener