Now, I am worried about Julio Teheran. The start of this season has seemed to reflect the loss of his greatness. Julio was one of the most heralded international free agent pitching signings. Most commentators thought the Braves did a great job of swooping in early and finding a prospect in a lesser scouted country (Colombia). Much like Douglas MacArthur and his perfect 4.3 GPA at West Point signaled potential for greatness (some off the wall step kin legacy of George Washington had lucked up and done that before, somehow), Julio’s early career suggested greatness.
But, after continual progress toward greatness, sometimes there is a fall. Are we experiencing Julio’s fall? I do GREATLY hope not.
In December 1941, the U. S. Military had been in “get ready” mode for over 2 years. The highest echelons of government had received reports from British intelligence suggesting a Japanese surprise attack. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Admiral Husband Kimmel was demoted and retired out for “dereliction of duty.” But then about 12 hours later, MacArthur’s Air Corps sat on the runways at Clark Field under a renewed Japanese surprise attack. MacArthur got a chance to rehabilitate his reputation by commanding troops in New Guinea and up its coast. Will Julio “MacArthur” or “Kimmel?” the best answer I have for that is “we will see.”
A lead off home run for the Mets by Michael Conforto, followed by a lead off home run for the Braves by Ender Inciarte. 1 to 1 after 1. But, in the 4th, the 1 for the Mets got changed. A “5 spot” made it 6 to 1. But, one good thing so far with this version of the Braves, they have offense most of the time. Also, they don’t seem to stop plugging. So we got one back in the bottom half with Freddie Freeman doubling, Matt Kemp doubling (Freeman didn’t score then because there was a chance it would be caught), and Nick Markakis grounding out to the second baseman’s left. Then Adonis singled to make it 6 to 3.
Neck grounded another one in in the 6th, and Adonis sac flied another, so it was now 6 to 5. That was the last number the Braves put up. Jose Reyes homered in the top of the 8th which ended the scoring.
There is still a chance for another game. I am pulling for Lae myself.