The Atlanta Braves secured a series victory as they beat Colorado 7-1 on Tuesday night thanks to great pitching and offensive production.
Coors Field is always a scary place to play as an opposing team. The ball can get out of the yard in a hurry and turn into a house of horrors for pitching. It’s easy to see why many Atlanta Braves fans would be wary of the team playing in Denver with the trouble the bullpen has had with walks.
Luckily, that was not the case in Tuesday’s victory over the Rockies (Atlanta’s pitching staff only issued 3 walks the entire game). The Braves have now won 7 of their last 8 games after a less than ideal start to the season. The rotation and bullpen have started to show a bit more confidence in their abilities.
Atlanta’s offense found success against Rockies right-hander German Marquez , who carried a 1-1 record with a 6.94 ERA when facing the Braves. The offense was up to the task as they tagged Marquez for 5 earned runs on 7 hits across 5 innings pitched. 4 of the 5 earned runs came via home run, thanks to Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dansby Swanson.
Let’s get into a quick recap of tonight’s game with 3 takeaways to talk about.
3. Max Fried continues his great work on the mound
The Atlanta Braves young left-hander followed up his season debut with yet another fantastic performance. Max Fried showed excellent command of his pitches, fought his way back when he fell behind in the count, and worked out of trouble when it arose. The 25 year-old showed great mental toughness throughout the entire game.
Fried finished his outing after 6 innings allowing 0 earned runs on 5 hits. It’s also impressive that he only allowed 1 walk while striking out 4 Rockies batters. Fried has now successfully navigated 12 innings of work while only allowing 6 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 9 batters. He has more than earned a spot in this rotation.
I think you are going to see a breakout year for Max Fried because there is nowhere else left for him to go but up. We may be looking at a future stud in an Atlanta Braves uniform.
P.S. Max Fried has one of the nastiest curveballs I have ever seen.