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The next chapter in the Braves’ road trip takes them to Miami

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Mike Soroka will face common enemy Jose Ureña

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

Coming off a subpar performance in a series loss against Pittsburgh, the Braves will now head to South Florida with intentions of righting the ship.

They will face a familiar foe in the Miami Marlins. The Fish have been playing great baseball as of late, winning 13 of their last 19, but their overall record still sits at a paltry 23-37. The Braves have taken five out of six games from the NL East cellar dwellers thus far in 2019.

The Braves will put their best foot forward with Mike Soroka on the mound. Even after his last outing against the Tigers being his least effective of the season (Three earned runs?? What happened??), Soroka is still the de facto ace of the Braves staff. He has already faced Miami once this season - on May 4, where he went seven strong innings and struck out six, allowing two unearned runs. The Braves won that game, 9-2.

Jose Ureña, who still qualifies as Public Enemy #1 among many Braves fans for throwing at Ronald Acuña last August, will start for the Marlins. He’s having a rather typical season based on his career numbers, sitting at 4-6 with a 4.14 ERA | 4.24 FIP. He’s still not much of a strikeout artist (6.15 K/9), but he keeps the walks in check and has gone six or more innings in each of his last nine starts. Over that span, he has only allowed more than two earned runs twice. Luckily, one of those was against the Braves.

Perhaps Soroka will be smart enough to not throw behind Ureña, like Kevin Gausman did the last time these teams met.

The Braves’ bats went quiet in the last two games against Pittsburgh, but they tend to wake up when facing these division rivals. These are the games the Braves are supposed to win - so it would be nice to see them proceed accordingly.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Friday, June 7, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Marlins Park, Miami, FL

TV: Fox Sports South

Streaming: MLB.tv

Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network