Game Preview: Red-hot Riley and the Braves face off against old friend Julio Teheran

The Atlanta Braves play the rubber match of their three game set with Milwaukee. A scorching hot Austin Riley will face long time Brave Julio Teheran for the first time as the Braves look to clinch the series against the Brew Crew.

Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers
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Austin Riley has now homered in five straight ballgames for the Atlanta Braves. If he wants to extend that streak he will have to do so against former Braves pitcher Julio Teheran and a deep Brewers bullpen.

Last nights game was an exciting 4-3 defeat for the Braves. The game saw three different MLB debuts, but it was the Brewers’ Sal Frelick who stole the show with three hits and two incredible catches in the outfield. If the Braves want to take the rubber match they will most certainly need to do a better job containing him.

Pitching Matchup for Braves vs. Brewers

Atlanta will send All-Star Bryce Elder to the mound, who is looking to bounce back after giving up 12 earned runs across his last two starts. Elder’s last was the wild 16-13 Braves loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

We all expected Elder to have some regression after the incredible start he got off to, but what we didn’t expect is for that regression to hit like a Mack Truck all at once. Hopefully, today Elder gets back to locating well and gets some more ground ball outs.

The Braves offense get to take on former Brave Julio Teheran. The long-time Brave was in Atlanta from his rookie year in 2011, then left via free agency after the 2019 season. Teheran was opening day starting pitcher for six consecutive years from 2014-2019.

His Brewers career got off to an incredible start and really seemed to rejuvenate his life as a major leaguer. However, like Bryce Elder, the regression monster has gotten ahold of Teheran. In his last three starts he has given up 17 earned runs combined. Let’s hope Austin Riley can take him out the park and break the franchise record for consecutive games with a home run.

How to watch Braves vs. Brewers - 7/23/23

Date/Time/Location: 7/23/2023 at 2:10 PM EST at American Family Field

TV: Bally Sports Southeast

Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan