Fried, 27, will make his eighth postseason start. He has a 3.78 ERA in three starts (16-2/3 innings) this postseason, most recently pitching in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.
The southpaw built off his breakout 2020 throughout this season. Fried had a 1.74 ERA in the second half, which was best in MLB. After pitching six scoreless innings against the Brewers in Game 2 of the NL Division Series, Fried wasn’t as sharp against the Dodgers. He allowed seven runs over 10-2/3 innings.
Veteran Charlie Morton, who won a championship with the Astros in 2017, started Game 1 in Houston. The Braves haven’t announced their pitching plans beyond Game 2, but Ian Anderson likely will start Game 3, with a bullpen game following.
- Outfielder Ronald Acuna, starter Mike Soroka and catcher Stephen Vogt are with the Braves in Houston. The trio is sidelined with injuries but the team wanted them to experience the World Series.
“We wanted everybody that had a part of this (to be here),” manager Brian Snitker said. “And you’re only allowed X number of guys. I’m really glad these guys can be here to experience this with their teammates. Ronald had a big hand in this until he was hurt. I want them to experience it because they are part of this club.”
- Kyle Wright making the World Series roster was a surprise. Snitker said Wright is an option to start Game 4, which will be a bullpen game. He gives the Braves another right-hander who can cover multiple innings.
“Kyle had been throwing really, really well as the Triple-A for a while now,” Snitker said. “It’s not a small sample size. We go back and look, and he’s really maturing as a pitcher. Triple-A, even at the alternate site, he’s just been throwing really well, and it’s just another length option for us.”