The lefty owns a 1.78 ERA in the second half, best in the majors. He has a 1.59 ERA across five starts this month, posting a 30:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span. The southpaw has established himself as a frontline starter over the past two seasons, and this season, he’s kept getting better as October draws nearer.
If Fried can silence the Phillies and help the Braves to a win, that would drop their magic number to clinch their fourth consecutive National League East title to one. The earliest the Braves can clinch the division is Thursday by sweeping the Phillies.