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Miami has won seven of 10 and are playing their best baseball of the season.

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After a rather disappointing series in Pittsburgh, the Atlanta Braves will continue their road trip with a three-game series in Miami against the Marlins.

The Braves got their road trip off on a good note as they exploded for 10 unanswered runs to knock off the Pirates 12-5 in Tuesday’s opener. That was the high note of the series for Atlanta as Kevin Gausman struggled for the second straight start in a 7-4 loss on Wednesday.

Freddie Freeman staked the Braves to a 1-0 lead in the first on Thursday but Mike Foltynewicz allowed two more homers and Atlanta could not generate any more offense against Chris Archer in a 6-1 loss.

The Braves are 5-1 against the Marlins this season and 19-6 dating back to last season. However, this is a young Miami team that is currently playing its best baseball of the season.

The Marlins enter the series with a 23-36 record but have won seven of 10 and just won back-to-back series in San Diego and in Milwaukee. The Brewers snapped the Marlins’ four-game winning streak with a 5-1 win on Thursday.

This will be a good opportunity for the Braves to right the ship against a team that they have played well against but they aren’t in a situation where they can take anything for granted.

Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the series.

Friday, June 7, 7:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)

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Mike Soroka (2019: 9 GS, 57.1 IP, 22.0 K%, 6.5 BB%, 1.41 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 3.64)

Atlanta will need Mike Soroka to play the role of stopper again when he takes his turn on the mound in Friday’s opener. Soroka is coming off of his worst start of the season statistically having allowed seven hits, four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings against the Tigers. That speaks volumes about how good Soroka has been as he had allowed one earned run or less in his previous eight starts.

He faced the Marlins back on May 4 and allowed three hits and two unearned runs over seven innings. He struck out six and walked just two.

Jose Urena (2019: 12 GS, 71.2 IP, 16.3 K%, 7.3 BB%, 4.14 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 4.49 xFIP)

Jose Urena will get the start for the Marlins in Friday’s opener. The Braves threw at Urena in their last meeting as retaliation for him beaning Ronald Acuña Jr. last August. Kevin Gausman was ejected in that game but the Braves went on to defeat the Marlins after Urena allowed six hits and five runs over six innings.

Urena has pitched really well since that start allowing two runs or less in four of his last five outings. He gave up three hits and three runs in six innings in his last start against the Padres.

Saturday, June 8, 4:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)

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Julio Teheran (2019: 13 GS, 71.1 IP, 22.7 K%, 11.8 BB%, 3.28 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 4.90 xFIP)

Julio Teheran will get the start for Atlanta on Saturday and will be looking to continue a torrid stretch. It hasn’t always been pretty or efficient but Teheran has allowed just three earned runs over his last 32 2/3 innings (6 starts). He has walked 18 batters and struck out 25 during that stretch. Teheran has found himself in a number of jams of late but like a magician, has worked his way out and lowered his ERA to a season-best 3.28 in the process.

Trevor Richards (2019: 12 GS, 66.1 IP, 22.7 K%, 10.8 BB%, 3.53 ERA, 4.71 FIP, 5.16 xFIP)

Miami will counter with right-hander Trevor Richards who has been on a roll of his own. Richards allowed just one hit and struck out eight over five shutout innings in his last start against the Padres. He has allowed just two earned runs and struck out 19 over his last three starts.

Sunday, June 9, 1:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)

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Max Fried (2019: 14 G, 12 GS, 66.0 IP, 21.1 K%, 6.4. BB%, 3.68 ERA, 3.90 FIP, 3.64 xFIP)

Max Fried will look to get back on track for the Braves in Sunday’s series finale. Fried posted a 2.21 ERA and allowed just nine earned runs over his first six starts (36 2/3 innings). In his last six, his ERA has ballooned to 5.86 as he has allowed 18 earned runs in just 27 2/3 innings.

Fried has allowed 18 hits and nine runs over his last two starts (9 2/3) innings as he has struggled to command his curveball which was a such a great weapon for him early on. While he has certainly shown that he is capable, this is a rough patch that he is simply going to have to work his way through.

Pablo Lopez (2019: 12 GS, 63.2 IP, 23.5 K%, 6.1 BB%, 4.52 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 3.86 xFIP)

Pablo Lopez will get the call for the Marlins in Sunday’s finale. Lopez has been dominant at home posting a 1.84 ERA in five home starts. He has already faced the Braves twice this season allowing seven hits and four runs over five innings back in Atlanta on April 5. He was much better at home on May 5 as he allowed just three hits and struck out six over six shutout innings. He allowed three hits and struck out seven over six shutout innings in his last start against the Giants.