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Tuesday's Red Sox-Braves matchups: Wade Miley vs. Julio Teheran

June 16, 2015 - 4:23 am
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The Red Sox will wrap up their two-game home set against the Braves on Tuesday when they send Wade Miley to the mound to face Julio Teheran. Fresh off a dugout confrontation with Red Sox manager John Farrell, Miley has since apologized and will look to improve his 5-6 record and 5.07 ERA Tuesday afternoon. The Red Sox acquired Miley in part due to a strikeout rate which has consistently risen since 2013 -- until this year. The southpaw has followed up an 8.2 strikeouts-per-nine season with this year's abysmal 5.8 K/9 mark. In his last start against the Orioles on Thursday, Miley's declining punchout ability didn't matter, instead his inability to negate the long ball controlled the narrative. The 28-year-old gave up three dingers, one each to Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado. Machado's in the fourth broke the camel's back, prompting Miley's dugout antics and forcing he and Farrell into the clubhouse runway to discuss his four-inning, five-run outing. "He didn't want to come out of the game," Farrell said after the 6-5 loss. "That'€™s his competitive spirit coming through. While he'€™s had good stuff, there were some decent swings against him, and I felt like we needed to make a move." Miley followed up with his manager's sentiment, explaining his misplaced anger. "I let my emotions get the best of me," he said. "In the heat of battle I did something I kind of shouldn't have done. Me and John discussed it, squash it and move on. Look forward to my next outing." Despite Miley's frustration, statistics show that he is not nearly as bad as he appears. Though his ERA is bloated, Miley's FIP is a pedestrian 4.22, his highest mark since a shortened 2011 season, but still an indicator that his defense has not picked him up. Unlike Miley, Teheran has flat out struggled, posting a 5.08 FIP. Fortunately for Teheran, his record remains stalwart, as he's gone 4-2 in 13 starts with a 4.78 ERA. Teheran, 24, has been one of the Braves' prized prospects, and until this year, he had lived up to the hype. He's won 14 games in each of the last two seasons and his ERA over this stretch is just 3.03. In 2014, Teheran hurled 221 innings and logged an ERA+ of 127 en route to his first All-Star Game. This season, however, Teheran seemingly has unraveled. His hits per nine, home runs per nine and walks per nine are all career lows. He ranks fifth worst in the National League with 13 long balls allowed. In his latest outing against the Padres last Thursday, Teheran looked as good as he has all season, throwing seven innings while giving up just four hits and three walks. Unfortunately for him, the Braves could not keep the game knotted at 4, and eventually lost 6-4 in extra innings. Teheran came under fire after accusations that he intentionally threw at Matt Kemp in the first inning Tuesday. However, the young righty downplayed its significance following the game. "You don't want nobody to get hit like he was, especially with two strikes," Teheran said. "I was trying to throw the same pitch that I threw before and he was swinging. He got upset, but it's part of the game." Teheran has never faced the Red Sox before, and he will make his first career start at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Braves vs. Miley (LHP) Cameron Maybin (21 plate appearances): .300 AVG/.333 OBP/.300 SLG Juan Uribe (19): .158/.158/.263, 2 doubles Freddie Freeman (12): .250/.250/.583, 1 HR, 1 double Chris Johnson (11): .364/.364/.636, 1 HR, 4 RBIs Andrelton Simmons (9): .333/.333/.444 Pedro Ciriaco (5): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Nick Markakis (4): .250/.250/.250 Christian Bethancourt (3): .333/.333/.333 Johnny Gomes (3): .000/.333/.000 Jace Peterson is 0-for-1 against Miley with one strikeout. Todd Cunningham, Kelly Johnson and A.J. Pierzynski have not faced Miley. Red Sox vs. Teheran (RHP) Pablo Sandoval (9): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI Hanley Ramirez (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Jeff Bianchi (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout No other Red Sox have faced Teheran.

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