In what was a surprise to absolutely nobody; when the Braves needed Max Fried to step up, he did just that last night against the Phillies. The 27-year-old lefty that has become the undisputed ace of the Braves staff over the last two seasons tossed seven innings of two-run ball, with only one of those runs being earned.
The splendid performance lowered Fried’s second-half ERA to 1.74, which is the best in Major League Baseball and also the best second-half ERA by a Braves pitcher since Kris Medlen in 2012.
Best post-All-Star run by a Braves starter since Kris Medlen in 2012.
Max Fried turned in a second half to remember. pic.twitter.com/DUcDYalsyZ
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) September 30, 2021
Medlen had a historic run that season, posting an ERA below one in the second half. However, the difference is Medlen began that season and the second half as a reliever. Fried’s made two more starts this season and could make another if needed. However, let’s hope the next Max Fried appearance is in Game 1 of the NLDS.