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Max Fried, Braves look to bounce back Sunday against Jacob deGrom

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Fried will be looking to continue his strong stretch of starts.

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Coming off of a 13-2 beatdown in Saturday’s series opener, the Atlanta Braves will try to get back on track Sunday night against the New York Mets. It definitely will not be an easy task with Jacob deGrom scheduled to make the start for New York. The Braves will counter with lefty Max Fried, who had his scheduled start on Saturday pushed back due to Friday’s rainout.

After a rough start to the season, Fried has looked more like the 2020 version of himself. Since returning from stint on the injured list due to a hamstring strain, Fried has allowed four runs in 24 innings, a stretch spanning four starts. He has gone at least six innings in three of those four starts. Opponents are hitting just .183 off of Fried during that stretch.

As good as those numbers look, they pale in comparison to the ones that deGrom have put up this season. deGrom left his start on May 9 with some discomfort in his side. He was placed on the injured list and completed a rehab assignment. He returned to the rotation on May 25 allowing three hits and one run while striking out nine in five innings against the Rockies. That raised his ERA to 0.80 for the season. He is striking out 46.5% of the hitters he faces and has walked just seven hitters in 45 innings this season.

Atlanta’s offense looked lifeless in Saturday’s loss totaling just five hits. Taijuan Walker accounted for eight of the Braves’ 13 strikeouts.

Sunday’s game is slated to get underway at 7:08 p.m. ET and will be featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. There is rain in the forecast for New York again Sunday night so be sure to check back for updates.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 30, 7:08 p.m. ET

Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York

TV: ESPN

Radio: 680 AM / 93. 7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network