Braves Preview: Spencer Strider takes the mound against the Orioles on Saturday
By Eric Cole
After taking a rough loss on Friday night when things went very sideways in the seventh inning for Max Fried and co., the Atlanta Braves will send Spencer Strider to the mound to get them back on track against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
For the Braves, this is an opportunity to get back on track at home. While Atlanta sports the best road record in the league at 15-3, they are only 7-8 at home in 2023. The home crowds would probably prefer the Braves win a bit more at home, although they are going to have their hands full with what has turned out to be a very good and fun Orioles squad.
Braves vs. Orioles Pitching Matchup
Spencer Strider gets the start on Saturday and is coming off one of the best starts of his career against the Marlins where he went eight innings and struck out 13 and immediately followed that up with a rough-ish start against the Mets where he gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in five innings of work (although he still struck out eight).
There is exactly one batter on the Orioles that has any experience against Strider and that is James McCann who is hitless in two at-bats agianst him. The other catchers that the Orioles have on their roster, Adley Rutschman, could be a bit of a problem as he can work deep counts, draw walks, hit from the left side, and has been raking this year.
Opposing Strider will be Kyle Bradish who hasn't exactly lit the world on fire in 2023. After posting a 4.90 ERA in 23 starts in 2022, Bradish sports a 6.14 ERA in 14.2 innings (four starts) this season. No one on the Braves have faced Bradish at all in their careers, so past on previous history he will either pitch lights out against Atlanta or he could be in for a short day.
How to watch Braves vs. Orioles
Date/Time/Location: 5/6/23 at 7:15 PM EST at Truist Park
TV: Fox (National Broadcast)
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan