Braves: Max Fried to start Game 1 of NLDS

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The Braves are set to host the Phillies in the NLDS beginning on Tuesday, and Atlanta announced that none other than Max Fried will toe the rubber for the club in Game 1, according to Justin Toscano.

Fried is the ace of this staff and arguably the best left-hander in baseball. This was expected.

In his final start of the regular season, Fried left a Sept. 30 matchup against the Mets with an illness. It seemed precautionary that he didn’t travel to Miami with the team in their final regular season series because if the Braves needed him for a potential division-clinching situation, Fried would’ve taken the mound.

It didn’t matter, though. The Braves claimed their fifth-straight NL East crown last Tuesday, so the club decided to give him extra rest in preparation for Game 1 of the NLDS. Fried shouldn’t face any restrictions as he prepares for his 10th career playoff start.

This season against the Phillies, Max Fried has faced the divisional foes four times. He went six innings on a May 24th start while giving up two earned runs on five hits. On a July 25th start, Fried went six innings again with eight strikeouts and three earned runs. He went a combined 11 innings with 12 strikeouts and only three earned runs in the final two starts.

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