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Open dates won’t alter Braves’ pitching rotation

Max Fried will start for the Braves against Washington in the opener of a homestand at SunTrust Park on Tuesday night.
Max Fried will start for the Braves against Washington in the opener of a homestand at SunTrust Park on Tuesday night.

Credit: Daniel Shirey

Credit: Daniel Shirey

The Braves' starting pitchers will work with extra rest at SunTrust Park this week. Manager Brian Snitker said the team will stick with its regular five-man rotation despite open dates on Monday and Thursday.

Max Fried and Kevin Gausman will work with one extra day’s rest when they start against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Mike Foltynewciz, Mike Soroka and Julio Teheran will work with two extra day’s rest when they start, in that order, against the Detroit Tigers in an interleague series next weekend.

“I think it’ll be beneficial,” Snitker said of the extra rest. “I think it’s going to be good for the entire pitching staff … to take advantage of that.”

Entering Sunday night's game against the Cardinals, the Braves' starting rotation collectively had a 2.84 ERA for the month of May, the second best in MLB, and had worked 133 innings during the month, the fourth most in the majors.

The Braves also have an open date on June 3, the day following the series against Detroit, but after that they play on 16 consecutive days.