For Fried, it will be another outing against his childhood team. The 27-year-old is a Santa Monica, Calif., native.
“It’s definitely kind of nostalgic of just being able to look back, and it’s obviously a team I was rooting for growing up,” Fried said. “But at this point in my career, I’m pretty settled in with the Braves. It’s the team I’ve been with the longest in my professional career, and definitely being able to make my debut here and kind of just experience everything that I have, my connection to the Braves right now is just as strong.”
- The Braves and Dodgers are quite familiar with each other. This will be the third time they’ve faced off in the postseason in four years.
“It can work for you and against you,” Fried said. “They obviously know what you’ve done in the past, but they have also seen you a couple times, too. So at the end of the day, it’s kind of like what I said before, it’s just really about execution and just going out there and laying it out on the line. There’s no secrets. We know each other well enough by now, and it’s just going to go out there and just handle it between the lines.”
- With slugger Jorge Soler out because of COVID-19, the Braves have an opening at the leadoff spot. Snitker reiterated he likes shortstop Dansby Swanson in the role. Swanson started Game 4 of the NLDS at leadoff, hitting a double.
“I like him up there,” Snitker said. “We were kind of hit with a situation that we really weren’t prepared for, obviously. So it’s different. I’m confident in whoever we put up there. If Dansby is up there, he’ll do fine. He profiles as that kind of back-in-the-day type leadoff hitter. Now it’s a little bit different, but we were dealt a hand we weren’t expected, so we’re going to have adjust again. So we’ll be fine.”