22 July 2024

The Atlanta Braves are not having fun on this road trip.

After entering this West Coast swing with the best record and offense in baseball, Atlanta’s gone one and four on the trip against the dual buzzsaws of the Seattle Mariners starters and the Los Angeles Dodgers clutch performances. Atlanta’s been walked off twice in this stretch and got whacked 11-2 last night thanks to Max Muncy’s three homers.

The Braves have an opportunity to avoid a sweep in the late afternoon window today, with ace Max Fried (2-0, 4.02 ERA) taking the Dodger Stadium mound opposite LA free agent acquisition James Paxton (3-0, 3.51 ERA).

Fried’s rebounded from two tough starts to open his season into more of what we expected from him in his free agency platform year. Across his last four outings, he’s 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA, striking out nineteen. He’s got a history with LA, but his last start against them was his best – seven scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and ten strikeouts on September 1st of 2023.

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