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On Monday, the New York Yankees will make the trip to Atlanta to begin a three-game series against the best team in baseball, the Atlanta Braves. New York will look to do what not many have been able to do thus far and knock off the red-hot Braves over a three-game series. The first pitch for this game is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET and can be viewed on ESPN+.
New York comes into this game following a three-game series with the Marlins. The Yankees are just .500 in August so far, and now face their toughest challenge of the month. They must go on the road and face the toughest team in the league.
Clarke Schmidt gets the nod for the 24th time this season for New York. Schmidt has been very productive lately, picking up a team win in all of his last five starts. The Yankees have been an injury-filled club all year, and Schmidt has stepped up in a big way for a struggling team with hopes of sneaking into the playoffs.
The Braves don’t struggle with too many aspects of baseball. Atlanta has stayed consistent all year and managed to keep it up in August, winning 67% of their games.
Max Fried will make his third start since returning from his forearm strain back in May. This will be just the eighth start for Fried this season. Before Fried got hurt in his game against the Orioles, he was nearly untouchable. He only gave up 14 hits in his first four games and one earned run in 20 innings.
It's always tough to guess how a player will be coming off an injury, but in Fried’s first game back, he pitched six innings, gave up three hits, zero earned runs, and had eight strikeouts. Fried is picking up right where he left off, and we fully expect him to do the same in this game.
Schmidt gets the go-ahead on the mound for New York. He has come a long way and has consistently put his team in positions to win games. While he's not perfect, Schmidt has done well keeping his composure in tough situations and moving on from bad plays.
He comes into this one with an 8-6 record with a 4.23 ERA and 110 strikeouts in just 115 innings. Braves fans couldn't wait to get Fried back, and their wish has now been granted.
Fried comes into this game with a 3-1 record, a 2.50 ERA, and 37 strikeouts through just 36 innings. His last outing against the Pirates wasn't his best, giving up six hits and four runs in just four innings. When he came out of that game early, Braves fans feared he could have reaggravated his forearm injury, but that was not the case.
This game is definitely one that the Braves can win easily if they can get a couple of quick hits early to try and get in Schmidt's head. We believe this game will be close, unlike the Braves' 21-3 win over the Mets on Saturday, but the bats and bullpen from Atlanta will be far too much for the struggling Yankees to overcome.
New York is currently 12 games back of the Orioles in the best division in baseball. The return of Aaron Judge definitely turned the corner on a team that didn’t look like they were gonna make a run at the postseason.
Even without last year's home run leader, the Yankees are eighth in the league in home runs with 161, but they are 20th in runs scored. While we know this isn’t a one-man team, Aaron Judge certainly puts this club on a different level. DJ LeMahieu is also expected to return for this game.
With Frankie Montas unlikely to return in 2023, and Nestor Cortez on the IL, New York's Bullpen is weakening. Carlos Rodon is also expected to be out for 1-2 weeks with a hamstring issue. If this team can find a couple of guys to step in and make some noise, they could possibly do the same in the postseason.
The Braves are currently 11 games ahead of the Phillies in the NL East. The Braves lead the MLB on total runs scored with 678, they are second in the league in hits with 1094 and first in the league in home runs by a mile with 225.
Even without Fried for most of the season, the Braves are still seventh in the league with a 3.87 total team ERA, giving up the seventh least hits with 945 and giving up the fourth least home runs with 125. This Braves team has all the tools to become World Series champions and anything but this is a failure.
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