Max Fried, Atlanta Braves. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Max Fried, Atlanta Braves. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Max Fried’s curveball should not be allowed per modern physics. Yet, here we are, writing an article about how damn unfair it is.

Fried is coming on strong for a Braves team likely to make the postseason after a slow start to the season. Atlanta is first in the NL East by 5.5 games over the Phillies, and is just a few days removed from a nine-game winning streak.

Should the Braves make any playoff noise, their pitching is likely to play a major role. Despite major bullpen struggles at various points of the season, the Braves starting rotation possesses at least one bonafide ace in Fried. He showcased his elite curveball against the best team in baseball on Friday night.

Atlanta Braves postseason rotation taking shape

With Fried, Charlie Morton and Ian Anderson, the Braves have three solid postseason starters should they need them. The ‘pen remains more of a question mark, however.

Fried has a 3.49 ERA on the season, paired with 117 strikeouts. You can add a few more K’s to that list on Friday night.

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