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1983 Topps Rick Mahler 76 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I came to the realization last night that Julio Teheran is to the Braves of 2018 what Rick Mahler was to the Braves of the mid 1980s. Mahler started a lot of baseball games. He was rarely awful. Even when things were going well, he had a tendency to get gopher bit. He started a lot of opening days because there was no one better available.

I love Julio Teheran and I love Rick Mahler. They are my guys. I sincerely wish that Mahler had never been the best option to start any opening day and that there had been better options than Teheran the past several years. C’est la vie. Go Braves.