Starting Pitching - The Big Three & Max Fried
These three have been the glue for a team that has started 16 different guys this year. Many have questioned the sustainability of Bryce Elder's performance due to his underlying metrics, but he has a pretty big sample size on his resume at this point.
Elder boasts 209.1 career innings pitched with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.228 WHIP.
Charlie Morton is not ready to be old yet. He has a 0.38 ERA in his last four starts. That is one run in 24.0 innings pitched.
Spencer Strider is a legitimate Cy Young candidate. His 3.56 ERA is inflated due to a couple of rough starts. So, even though his ERA is really good, his 2.81 FIP indicates that he has had some bad luck. Strider leads the league in wins, strikeouts, FIP, SP WHIP, and SO9.
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Max Fried has made 11 starts and really helped seal things up in the second half. The Braves are in fantastic shape for a postseason run with a top four of Fried, Strider, Morton, and Elder. Especially when they are backed by a bullpen like the Braves have.