Rays Face Braves For Final Time In Abbreviated SeasonFollow @Steve_Kinsella1
Tampa, Fla – The Tampa Bay Rays turn to Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 0.00 ERA) as they take on the Atlanta Braves for the final time in this abbreviated 2020 season. The Atlanta Braves will throw left-hander Max Fried (0-0, 3.60 ERA) as they look to even the season series against the Rays.
Yarbrough and Fried are both making their second starts of the season and each received a no-decision . Yarbrough threw 5.1-innings of scoreless ball in the Rays 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on July 25th. Fried allowed two earned runs in five innings in the Braves 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on the same day.
In his career right handed bats have fared better (.273/.366/.422) against Fried then left handed hitters (.232/.318/.370). Yarbrough has been much more even holding right handed hitters to a slash line of .243/.291/.399 while left handers only hit .218/.293/.386.
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