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The Daily Chop: Braves turn to Mike Soroka in Game 3

Soroka will make his postseason debut in Game 3 as the Braves look to regain the upper hand against the Cardinals.

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While most eyes were focused on Mike Foltynewicz’s performance in Game 2. Max Fried has turned heads with a pair of dominant relief appearances. While Fried spent most of the season as a starter, the Braves have decided that he may be more valuable to them in the postseason as a reliever. Brian Snitker discussed Fried during Saturday’s off day and said that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of using Fried in the ninth inning at some point in the playoffs.

While Fried may not be your traditional closer, his value to the Braves is in his versatility. He gives Snitker a multi-inning option to deploy against left-handed and right-handed hitters. At this point, Fried shouldn’t be just called upon in the ninth, he should be used when the game is on the line and in the highest leverage situation whether that happens to be the ninth inning or the sixth.

The Braves are also weighing their pitching options for Game 4. While they are unlikely to tip their hand, it appears that they are considering starting Dallas Keuchel on three days rest or going with Julio Teheran.

What isn’t in question is who will start in Game 3. Mike Soroka will make his postseason debut and the Braves are hoping for a Foltynewicz-like performance out of the young right-hander. Soroka has long been credited for his maturity despite being just 22 years old. He discussed the influence fellow Canadians Chris Reitsma and Cal Quantrill had on him at a young age during Saturday’s media session.

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