Fried (8-3) allowed two earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Mets. Fried kept the Mets' bats quiet, hardly running into trouble after allowing a run in the first frame. He showcased improved control, beginning 16 of the 25 batters he faced with a strike while also generating 16 called strikes. In addition, after allowing at least one home run in his past three starts, Fried was able to keep the ball in the park Wednesday. He'll look to maintain the positive results in his next outing, though he'll head to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs on Tuesday.
Fried didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 9-8 win over the Phillies, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks over 4.2 innings while striking out four. The southpaw had trouble commanding his pitches, uncorking two wild pitches and serving up two homers, but Atlanta scored seven runs in the final three innings to take Fried off the hook for his fourth loss of the year. He's been shaky lately, failing to complete six innings in three of his last four outings, and Fried will carry a 4.11 ERA and 70:21 K:BB through 76.2 innings into his next start Wednesday, at home against the Mets.
Fried allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven over six innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Marlins. Fried gave up a solo home run in the first inning and two runs in the fifth on three hits, but his offense would get him off the hook for the loss by tying the game in the ninth inning. The 25-year-old lefty had struggled in each of his last two outings (nine runs over 9.2 innings), but he managed to turn things around Sunday. Fried will enter his next start with a 3.75 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 66 strikeouts through 72 frames.
Fried allowed five runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks across four innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday. The Braves' offense bailed out Fried, coming back from an early four-run deficit. Fried gave up all five of his runs with two outs in the first and second innings, and many of the hits he allowed came in two-strike counts. He simply didn't have enough swing-and-miss stuff to finish batters Tuesday night. Fried also has a pattern of struggling in starts following extended rest. He owns a 8.10 ERA in four starts for which he had at least five days of rest this season. Overall, Fried is 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 66 innings. He is scheduled to face the Marlins on the road in his next start Sunday.
Fried (7-3) took the loss Tuesday as Atlanta was downed 5-4 by the Nationals, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks over 5.2 innings while striking out five. The three free passes and four runs allowed each tied his season high, which indicates just how consistent the 25-year-old has been so far. Fried now boasts a 3.19 ERA and 56:16 K:BB through 62 innings in his first full big-league campaign.