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Ya’ll, we are so close to baseball season.
The Atlanta Braves announced today that southpaw ace Max Fried will be the Opening Day starter on April 1st when the Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Although this move comes as no surprise to Braves’ fans, it was strengthened thanks to Fried’s strong Spring Training so far, as he has a 1.80 ERA in his two spring starts.
Last season, Fried was one of the best pitchers in baseball. He started 11 games and went 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA, and finished 5th in NL Cy Young Award voting. He even won a Gold Glove award. He was also a key piece in last year’s postseason run. His most memorable start came in the NL Wild Card game where he dueled with Cy Young winner and new Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Trevor Bauer, a game that the Braves won 1-0 in extra innings.
With Fried, Ian Anderson, Charlie Morton, and a returning Mike Soroka, the Braves will no doubt have one of the better rotations in all of baseball, a rotation we will begin to see next Thursday!!!