The World Series will continue Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park with Game 6 between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. The Braves missed out on an opportunity to close out the series in Game 5 as they let a four-run lead slip away in a 9-5 loss. That game was their second straight bullpen effort and after Monday’s off day, should be in good shape for Game 6 from a pitching standpoint.
Max Fried will get the start on full rest and will be looking to bounce back from a pair of rough outings. Fried allowed eight hits and five runs over 4 2/3 innings in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. He overcame early struggles in Game 2 of the World Series to give the Braves five-plus innings, but allowed seven hits and six runs. Some bad luck played into his line in Game 2, but the Braves need a vintage performance from Fried Tuesday night.
“Anytime that you go out there and you don’t perform the way that you want, you don’t win, you want to go back out there and redeem yourself,” Fried said of Game 6. “I’m ready to go out there and leave it all on the field. It’s probably going to be my last outing of the year, so there’s nothing to hold back.”
Fried talked about his recent struggles in the postseason but isn’t planning to make any drastic changes with his approach.
“It’s just sticking with your strengths, pitching my game, and really just trusting what we see with our eyes,” Fried said. “We’re going to make adjustments. At this time of year, it’s about just getting outs. So whatever we can do to get outs is what the plan of attack is going to be.”
Fried was hurt by some soft contact during a four-run second inning in Game 2. He typically likes to pound right-handed hitters inside which is a tough matchup against an Astros team that normally does a lot of damage on inside pitches. Fried is going to need to be able to hit the corners and to keep Houston’s hitters off balance if he wants to find success.
“The way I see it, is I’m going to go out there and do what I do,” Fried said. I’m going to be myself and just try to pitch my game and help us win this ballgame. Whatever capacity that is, I’m going to go out there and leave it all out there. When Snit takes the ball from me, my job’s done.”
As Fried prepares to empty the tank, the Braves should have a lot of options behind him. After they fell behind in Game 5, Atlanta rested its key relief trio of Tyler Matzek, Luke Jackson and Will Smith who have been lights out this postseason. Monday’s off day gave the unit two full days of rest.
Atlanta’s win in Game 4 gave them a 3-1 lead and created an all hands on deck situation for the Astros in Game 5. Jose Urquidy had been penciled in to start Game 6 but he threw 14 pitches in relief in the Game 5 win. Instead, they will go with Game 3 starter Luis Garcia on short rest in Game 3. Jake Odorizzi will be available to pitch in either Game 6 or Game 7. However, the Braves could put Houston into some desperate situations with some early runs.
Adam Duvall’s first inning grand slam gave Atlanta a 4-0 lead in Game 5. Freddie Freeman put them back ahead with a solo shot in the third but that was it for the Braves offense. They are going to have to find a way to grind out some at-bats and can’t miss if they get the opportunity to do damage. Houston was the best offensive team in the majors during the regular season. They fell behind the Boston Red Sox 2-1 in the ALCS and then outscored them 23-3 over the final three games to advance.
“It’s going to be really energetic. Their fans are going to bring it. It’s going to be a really, really exciting game,” Fried said. They’re a really good team. They’ve been here before, and they’re not going to let up. So you know that you’ve got to bring your A game and you’ve got to bring it. I’m ready for the challenge.”
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, November 2, 8:09 p.m. ET
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network