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Braves announce starters for first three games of NLCS

As expected, Max Fried will get the nod in Game 1

Wild Card Round - Cincinnati Reds v Atlanta Braves - Game One Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves made it official Sunday morning announcing their pitching plans for the first three games of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As expected, the Braves will go with Max Fried in Game 1. Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright will follow in Games 2 & 3 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Dodgers announced their pitching plans for the first two games of the series on Saturday. Walker Buehler will start Monday’s Game 1 with Clayton Kershaw scheduled for Game 2.

The Braves likely won’t announce their starter for Game 4 until after Game 3 is completed. Josh Tomlin, Bryse Wilson or Huascar Ynoa would be candidates to start but likely wouldn’t be asked to turn over the Dodgers lineup once or twice before giving way to the bullpen. Atlanta’s pitching plan will be determined heavily over how the first three games of the series go.

Fried has allowed four runs in 11 innings over his first two postseason starts against the Reds and Marlins. Anderson has yet to allow a run in 11 2/3 innings and has 17 strikeouts in two starts. Wright successfully closed out the Division Series by firing six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits to go along with seven strikeouts.

Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers will take place at Globe Life Park in Arlington Texas on Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET

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