The Atlanta Braves will look to avoid a sweep on Sunday when they wrap up a four-game set against the Chicago Cubs. Atlanta will be looking for better results from its pitching staff a day after allowing 14 runs, 12 hits, six walks and two home runs.
That task will fall on the shoulders of rookie left hander Max Fried who will be making his first major league start. Fried was promoted to the majors last month and appeared in four games as a reliever where he allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings. The Braves sent him back to the minors to regain some endurance and he could see a few more starts over the final month of the season.
Fried possesses a good fast ball and a dynamic curve which is his out pitch. He is one of the Braves top pitching prospects and came in at No. 17 overall in Talking Chop’s mid-season list. Fried began the season at Double A Mississippi where he struggled due to some blister problems. After a DL stint cleared things up, he put together a solid step and was a surprise promotion to the majors.
Chicago will counter with left hander Mike Montgomery who has split his time between the bullpen and the rotation this season. Montgomery has posted a 4-3 record with a 4.05 ERA in 10 starts. He is 1-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 27 relief appearances.
Montgomery moved back into the rotation while Jon Lester was on the disabled list. With Lester’s return on Saturday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to keep a six-man rotation in place at least for now.
Montgomery allowed six hits and one run in his last start at Pittsburgh. He picked up a win over the Braves back on July 19 allowing just two hits and one run over six innings.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, September 3, 2:20 p.m. ET
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network