One of the biggest issues entering the CBA 2022 negotiations is the addition of DH in the National League. Don’t say that to Max Fried.
Max Fried loves August.
August 2021: 4-0, 33.0 IP, 5 ER, 2 BB, 28 K, 0.818 WHIP, 1.36 ERA, 0.208 BA
August career: 13-0, 109.1 IP, 27 ER, 28 BB, 109 K, 1.12 WHIP, 2.22 ERA, .234 BA
Oh, and it hits .444 / .444 / .556 / 1.000 in August.
– SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) August 28, 2021
During the season, Fried has been absolutely mashed, and these aren’t cheap hits, either. Yes, a batting average of .325 is incredible for a pitcher, but I’m even more impressed with his .772 OPS, which is almost .100 points higher than Francisco Lindor‘s.
Obviously the sample sizes aren’t the same, but anyone who’s watched the Braves knows Fried is a threat on the plate. He slammed three doubles and led in five points. He even walked three times. If it wasn’t for that Shohei Ohtani man, you could say Fried is the best pitcher in all of baseball.
I alluded to the subject earlier, but if the National League decides to go with DH from 2022, the pitchers will no longer take a batting presence. This means that we will not have a Silver Slugger award, as currently only National League pitchers receive the award. Maybe something will change with this (probably because of Ohtani), but there is a real possibility that Max Fried will win the last one ever given to a pitcher.