HOUSTON- At this point, they’re all fried.
“Everybody that’s in the World Series right now is gassed, everybody,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said during Monday’s day off. “Both teams, all the players. It’s been a long year.”
Fortunately for him, he can now give the ball to Max Fried.
With five full days of rest, the 27-year-old lefty will start Game 6 on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park as Atlanta again tries to win its first championship since 1995. The Braves missed a major chance Sunday night, wasting an early four-run lead at home in what became a 9-5 loss that cut their lead to three games to two.
Luis Garcia starts for Houston. For how long, we’ll see.
It’ll be a big ask for the AL Rookie of the Year candidate as he’ll start on just three days’ rest.
“We think that he’s the best for the job. We realize that he has a short leash, but then everybody out there has a short leash and operating on low rest or not full rest,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said.
Not a surprise considering both teams have employed at least five pitchers in every game so far.
They’re fighting fatigue – and the familiarity hitters now have with their repertoires. But that’s how it adds up when there’s such a premium on finding the proper edge every inning. Many people play a role in factoring those equations.