Money Line: -140.00 Atlanta (Home)
Max Fried is the starter Thursday for Atlanta. His first start of the year as he allowed just two runs and two hits in five innings. The Braves won that game, 5-3 over the Mets. Though he’s never faced the Rays, Fried is 3-0 in three previous IL starts with a 2.55 ERA. I like that. It should also be mentioned that yesterday was the Rays’ first road game of the season.
The Rays’ have their own promising southpaw on the mound here in Ryan Yarbrough. Like Fried, he looked good his first time out. But Yarbrough failed to pick up the victory, keeping him winless since August of last season. That’s a stretch of nine starts. His Interleague resume is not as good with a 5.74 ERA in eight appearances. Go with the Braves in this one. 10* Atlanta