Wednesday, September 28

World Series: Braves win behind the best of Max Fried’s career

HOUSTON – Travis d’Arnaud knew tonight would be different after the first few pitches he caught in the bullpen.

He could tell from the fastball. The court was working for Braves starter Max Fried in a way that it hadn’t done in the bullpen before his last start. Warm-up pitches got into his catcher’s glove with the same upbeat move that had plagued so many opposing hitters this year. This, d’Arnaud knew, was the same Max Fried he had caught during August and September, when the southpaw looked like one of the best pitchers in the game. This was the Max Fried who had been lost on the mound during a loss in Game 2.

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