Fried was making his last regular-season start for the NL East champions and hoped to bolster his Cy Young Award credentials before starting Game 1 of his team’s first round series. He only lasted one inning against the Marlins, twisting his ankle while lining up a bunt along the third baseline by Starling Marte.
While Fried doesn’t appear to have a decay injury, he wasn’t the same pitcher after the game.After going all season without allowing a homerun, covering 55 innings, Fried suddenly gave up two in a row. Jesus Aguilar hit one on the front of Second Bridge, Brian Anderson drove one into empty center-field seats and Garrett Cooper nearly made three in a row with a double on the wall.
“Obviously it bit him a bit,” Snitker said after the game. “I’m sure it was on his mind too. ”
The left-hander took out the third, then sat solemnly in the canoe while talking to Snitker and getting an apparent pep talk from teammate Freddie Freeman. While the decision to pull Fried out has been described as a precautionary measure, it has created more uncertainty for the Braves, who have struggled all season to find three consistent starters to accompany Fried.
Atlanta rebounded with three points down the first to beat the Marlins 9-4 and ensure Fried wouldn’t take his first loss. He finished the regular season 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.