The Braves earned another victory over the Marlins, but lost starter Max Fried early on with an apparent ankle injury. He was removed immediately as a precaution and received testing after the game. No results were reported as of this writing, but with the playoffs beginning in less than a week, even a tweak could be problematic.
The Braves battered Sixto Sanchez in route to another victory over the Marlins. Atlanta made more progress in its pursuit of the second seed in the playoffs, holding off the Cubs for at least another day. The offense looked great again, but the injury to Max Fried is the biggest story at the moment.
As noted above, Max Fried left the game with an ankle injury. He was removed immediately, which we can only hope was a precaution and not a necessity. The loss of their ace would likely dissolve the Braves’ hopes of advancing deep into the playoffs, so Fried’s test results are extremely important.
A familiar face makes an appearance on the All-Rookie Team released by MLB Pipeline.
SP: Ian Anderson, Braves No. 3/MLB No. 35
3-1, 2.36 ERA, 26 2/3 IP, 35 K, .147 BAA, 1.05 WHIP
He’s only had five starts, but they’ve been impactful ones for the playoff-bound Braves. His .147 BAA would lead all NL pitchers if he qualified and his 11.81 K/9 rate would put him in the top 10 as well.
The AL East is now settled as well, with the Rays taking the crown.
It was easy to be upset with Alex Anthopoulos when Mike Clevinger was traded to San Diego, but an arm injury this soon after the trade likely makes passing on his services a wise choice.
Of course offense is the good news for Atlanta, and starting pitching is the bad news.