9:10 pm
September 10

Braves @ Mariners

Who will WIN this matchup?

Atlanta Braves (87-51)

@ Seattle Mariners (77-61)


Starting Pitchers:

Fried (ATL): 13-5; 2.48 ERA

Kirby (SEA) 6-3; 3.15 ERA


Current odds:

Atlanta Braves: (-120)

Seattle Mariners: (+101)


• The starting line-up for the Braves is as follows:

• The starting line-up for Seattle is as follows:

• The Atlanta Braves are in sole possession of first place in the National League East for the first time this season. The defending World Series champion Braves hit four home runs Friday night in a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners to move a half-game ahead of the New York Mets, who had been in first place in the division since April 11. The Braves (87-51), winners of eight straight, will continue their three-game series in Seattle on Saturday night.

• Dansby Swanson, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Harris II and Robbie Grossman homered in the series opener for Atlanta.

• It was a slugfest, as Carlos Santana homered twice and J.P. Crawford also went deep for the Mariners.

• Seattle (77-61) lost its second in a row and dropped into the American League’s third wild-card position. The Mariners still have a four-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for the league’s last playoff berth.

• Braves left-hander Max Fried (13-5, 2.48 ERA) and Mariners right-hander George Kirby (6-3, 3.15) will try to keep the ball in the park on Saturday. Both pitchers will face the opponent for the first time.

• Fried has won three of his past four starts. He pitched five hitless innings in a 7-1 victory against the Miami Marlins in his most recent start on Sunday, but his no-hit bid was thwarted by a nearly two-hour rain delay.

• That same day in Cleveland, Kirby had his start shortened to three innings by a 4 1/2-hour delay. The rookie was named the AL’s Rookie of the Month for August, when he went 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA.

• Kirby’s most intriguing matchup might come against Atlanta’s Michael Harris, who doubled and homered Friday to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, the second-longest for a rookie in Braves’ history to Freddie Freeman’s 20-game run in 2011.

• Harris is batting .455 with four homers and 11 RBIs during the stretch.

StreakSmarter Pick
Atlanta Braves