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Braves feel the power will return in time for the Tigers’ visit

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Atlanta BravesJune 16, 2024; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (27) reacts with first baseman Matt Olson (28) after hitting a game-tying two-home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves hope to see more of the strength they showed this weekend when they hosted the Detroit Tigers for a three-game series that begins Monday.

The Tigers started their six-game road trip by dropping two of three against Houston, losing Sunday’s rubber match 4-1. Atlanta won the three-game series against Tampa Bay, but lost the final 8-6.

The Braves won two of three games in Detroit last season. The Tigers lead the all-time series 15-12.

The Atlanta offense, which was dormant during the previous nine-game road trip, showed its strength in the series against Tampa Bay. The Braves hit nine home runs against the Rays: three from Austin Riley, two from Marcell Ozuna (who leads the National League with 20) and two from Jarred Kelenic. Riley homered in every game in the series.

“They’re starting to look more like themselves,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “They fought. They fought. They worked really hard. Hopefully this is something we can continue to build on.”

In the pitching matchup for the series opener, Detroit right-hander Reese Olson (1-8, 3.68 ERA) will play Atlanta left-hander Max Fried (6-3, 3.20).

Olson has lost his last three starts, most recently against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. He worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It was the second straight appearance in which he allowed double-digit hits.

“Another one where I wasn’t good enough,” Olson said. “I let the team down. I just didn’t get enough outs. I feel like this one is on me.”

Detroit manager AJ Hinch said: “This is an adjustment league. I mean, Reese is no secret to anyone anymore. There’s a constant need for adjustments here and there, but this is nothing he’s shying away from. He’s really unflappable. He sees just how difficult this competition can be.”

Olson made one start against the Braves in 2023, his rookie season, and took the loss. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on June 14. It was his third game in the Majors.

Fried is off to a below-average start against Baltimore on Tuesday. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings. He hadn’t given up four runs since May 5, and he followed that up with a seven-inning no-hit outing.

“When you see Max in the dugout between innings, he’s constantly letting you know, ‘I’ve got this working, I’ve got this not working. This feels bad, this feels good,'” Braves catcher Sean Murphy said. “That can change during the game. Max can throw a lot of different styles. He can play from north to south, from east to west, he can adapt and develop a game plan for the next inning based on what he felt. previous collection.”

Fried has never faced the Tigers.

Atlanta recalled right-hander Grant Holmes from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. Holmes, who spent 10 years in the minors, made his Major League debut on Sunday, throwing three scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

The Braves will make another roster move on Monday. Rookie right-hander Hurston Waldrep returns to Triple-A and the team recalls another relief pitcher.

–Field-level media