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Mike Foltynewicz has pitched extremely well in his past two starts. Can he make it three in a row tonight against the Pirates?

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Fresh off of a solid performance from Julio Teheran and Brian Snitker's first career victory as a major league manager, the Braves will be hoping to get another good start from Mike Foltynewicz as they look to beat Pittsburgh for the second night in a row and pick up a split in what's been an eventful four-game series against the Pirates.

Ever since he got rocked by the Mets in his first start of the season on May 2nd, Foltynewicz has strung together two great starts. In his past 15 innings, he's struck out 12 and handed out 0 walks while only giving up 2 earned runs, which is good for a 1.20 ERA and 2.35 FIP over that period. The lack of walks is definitely a positive and while it'd be unrealistic to think that he is going to keep that number at 0 for a long time, as long as it stays low then things will be going well for Folty. This will be Pittsburgh's first time seeing Foltynewicz, so there will be an air of intrigue at PNC Park when it comes to seeing how both parties deal with each other on this occasion.

Meanwhile, the Braves lineup doesn't have too much experience with Pittsburgh's starter for the evening, Jeff Locke. Of the players in tonight's lineup, Freddie Freeman has the most experience -- with just seven at-bats, Freeman is hitting .286 vs. Locke with 3 RBI. So, while the Pirates will be dealing with a completely brand-new experience against Foltynewicz, the Braves will be dealing with a somewhat new experience when it comes to Locke.

The Braves offense has shown plenty of signs of life in this series, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that the bats could rise up once again and potentially salvage a sweep from this series if Foltynewicz can make it three good starts in a row.

Game Info:

Date/Time: Thursday, May 19, 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: Fox Sports South

Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, 680 AM/93.7 FM