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Ready or Not, Braves’ Max Fried is the Ace Now

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With Mike Soroka tearing his Achilles tendon, Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher Max Fried is being thrust into the spotlight as the new ace of the staff.

The Atlanta Braves got some terrible news last night. Starting pitcher and ace Mike Soroka tore his Achilles tendon, ending his 2020 season. Max Fried is now in the spotlight.

The 27-year-old Braves pitcher will be under a tremendous amount of pressure to fill the void left by Soroka. The good news is that he looks up to the challenge to this point.

Over his first two starts of the year, Fried has thrown 11.2 innings, giving up just three total earned runs. The two games he has started came against the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays. Both of those lineups include some heavy hitters and tough outs.

Thus far, Fried has an ERA of 2.31 on the year. He has limited both contact and base runners allowed in his two outings. Three batters have been able to draw walks and only five have successfully hit against him, while 12 have struck out.

His ERA is impressive, no doubt, but looking at his WHIP (BB+H/IP) shows a pitcher that has been dominant in all phases of his game. As his WHIP of 0.686 shows, Fried has shown good control over his pitches and made his opponents work for their hits.

The stats show a pitcher who’s close to mastering his arsenal of pitches and stepping his game up another level. His dominant pitch is a curveball that quite possibly has the nastiest bite in the league when it’s working properly. Thanks to his curve, Fried is able to blaze his fastball by hitters who are used to seeing his off-speed pitches disappear at the last second.

“Max & Mike are really, really tight, so I think it’s going to be a big game for Max,” Freddie Freeman told the media last night. Emotions certainly help a pitcher on the mound when harnessed right. According to Freeman, Fried may be able to harness them for the good during tonight’s start.

Fried possesses everything he needs skills-wise to handle the pressure and become a true ace. Now we see if he’s as mentally prepared as he is physically.

To this point in 2020, Fried looks ready on all levels to reach ace status. Be ready to see big things from him the rest of the season. It’s his time to shine and he’ll show he can handle the spotlight.

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With Mike Soroka tearing his Achilles tendon, Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher Max Fried is being thrust into the spotlight as the new ace of the staff.

The Atlanta Braves got some terrible news last night. Starting pitcher and ace Mike Soroka tore his Achilles tendon, ending his 2020 season. Max Fried is now in the spotlight.

The 27-year-old Braves pitcher will be under a tremendous amount of pressure to fill the void left by Soroka. The good news is that he looks up to the challenge to this point.

Over his first two starts of the year, Fried has thrown 11.2 innings, giving up just three total earned runs. The two games he has started came against the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays. Both of those lineups include some heavy hitters and tough outs.

Thus far, Fried has an ERA of 2.31 on the year of 2.31. He has limited both contact and base runners allowed in his two outings. Three batters have been able to draw walks and only five have successfully hit against him, while 12 have struck out.

His ERA is impressive, no doubt, but looking at his WHIP (BB+H/IP) shows a pitcher that has been dominant in all phases of his game. As his WHIP of 0.686 shows, Fried has shown good control over his pitches and made his opponents work for their hits.

The stats show a pitcher who’s close to mastering his arsenal of pitches and stepping his game up another level. His dominant pitch is a curveball that quite possibly has the nastiest bite in the league when it’s working properly. Thanks to his curve, Fried is able to blaze his fastball by hitters who are used to seeing his off-speed pitches disappear at the last second.

“Max & Mike are really, really tight, so I think it’s going to be a big game for Max,” Freddie Freeman told the media last night. Emotions certainly help a pitcher on the mound when harnessed right. According to Freeman, Fried may be able to harness them for the good during tonight’s start.

Fried possesses everything he needs skills-wise to handle the pressure and become a true ace. Now we see if he’s as mentally prepared as he is physically.

To this point in 2020, Fried looks ready on all levels to reach ace status. Be ready to see big things from him the rest of the season. It’s his time to shine and he’ll show he can handle the spotlight.

Follow me on Twitter at @b_armour70 Don’t forget to follow us @OT_Heroics for more great content! Join our OT Heroics MLB Facebook group, as well! We’ll see ya there!

Also, be sure to check out the Overtime Heroics Forums page to join in on the discussion!

With Mike Soroka tearing his Achilles tendon, Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher Max Fried is being thrust into the spotlight as the new ace of the staff.

The Atlanta Braves got some terrible news last night. Starting pitcher and ace Mike Soroka tore his Achilles tendon, ending his 2020 season. Max Fried is now in the spotlight.

The 27-year-old Braves pitcher will be under a tremendous amount of pressure to fill the void left by Soroka. The good news is that he looks up to the challenge to this point.

Over his first two starts of the year, Fried has thrown 11.2 innings, giving up just three total earned runs. The two games he has started came against the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays. Both of those lineups include some heavy hitters and tough outs.

Thus far, Fried has an ERA of 2.31 on the year of 2.31. He has limited both contact and base runners allowed in his two outings. Three batters have been able to draw walks and only five have successfully hit against him, while 12 have struck out.

His ERA is impressive, no doubt, but looking at his WHIP (BB+H/IP) shows a pitcher that has been dominant in all phases of his game. As his WHIP of 0.686 shows, Fried has shown good control over his pitches and made his opponents work for their hits.

The stats show a pitcher who’s close to mastering his arsenal of pitches and stepping his game up another level. His dominant pitch is a curveball that quite possibly has the nastiest bite in the league when it’s working properly. Thanks to his curve, Fried is able to blaze his fastball by hitters who are used to seeing his off-speed pitches disappear at the last second.

“Max & Mike are really, really tight, so I think it’s going to be a big game for Max,” Freddie Freeman told the media last night. Emotions certainly help a pitcher on the mound when harnessed right. According to Freeman, Fried may be able to harness them for the good during tonight’s start.

Fried possesses everything he needs skills-wise to handle the pressure and become a true ace. Now we see if he’s as mentally prepared as he is physically.

To this point in 2020, Fried looks ready on all levels to reach ace status. Be ready to see big things from him the rest of the season. It’s his time to shine and he’ll show he can handle the spotlight.

Follow me on Twitter at @b_armour70 Don’t forget to follow us @OT_Heroics for more great content! Join our OT Heroics MLB Facebook group, as well! We’ll see ya there!

Also, be sure to check out the Overtime Heroics Forums page to join in on the discussion!

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