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SP Julio Teheran
With Tim Hudson on the shelf, the Braves are without a proven veteran arm on their staff, and while the rotation has been solid all season there are still some questions as to how they'll set things up for the postseason.
In some order, Julio Teheran (26 GS, 11-7, 3.01 ERA), Mike Minor (28 GS, 13-6, 3.06 ERA) and Kris Medlen (27 GS, 12-12, 3.48 ERA) will likely take the ball in the first three games, with the likely order based on recent performance being Medlen, Teheran and Minor.
After that, rookie Alex Wood (25 G, 10 GS, 3-3, 3.45 ERA) or Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.35 ERA) would be the choices to take the ball in a potential Game 4.
While Wood would seem like the better choice based on overall numbers, he's inexperienced and has allowed 17 hits and 11 earned runs in seven innings of work over his last two starts. Maholm, meanwhile, has a 3.18 ERA and a pair of quality starts in his last three outings.
Figuring out the rotation will be the biggest remaining question for the Braves, as they look to lock up the best record in the National League and set their sights on a lengthy postseason run.
Wood will continue to struggle, as he's thrown 132.1 innings on the season in just his second pro year and may be running out of gas at this point. The team will go with the veteran Maholm as their No. 4 starter once October rolls around.