Thursday’s matchup will be Fried’s third consecutive Opening Day start. In the 2021 opener, Fried tossed five frames and surrendered two runs on six hits against the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out eight.
His 2022 Opening Day start was not nearly as successful. He was handed a loss after allowing five runs to the Cincinnati Reds. Despite his underwhelming 2022 debut, Fried recovered and put together possibly the best season of his career thus far. He tossed 185.1 innings and posted a 2.48 ERA.
In each of his three appearances this spring, Fried has looked to be in midseason form. He has picked up three wins and allowed just four hits in 11.1 innings. He has whiffed 14 batsmen.
The state of the Braves starting rotation is still up in the air at this point, with Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd still battling it out for the fifth spot.
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