Series Preview: Marlins at Braves

The Marlins will play four games in three days in Atlanta starting on Monday

The Miami Marlins will begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

The series will start with a doubleheader on Monday due to a rain out in July. The Braves recently moved into first place in the National League East, while the Marlins remain in last place. Atlanta is 30-24 at home, while Miami is 20-36 on the road.

Pablo Lopez will start for Miami in Monday's series opener and will be opposed by rookie Touki Toussaint. The Braves are calling up the pitching prospect to start and he could be challenging for Miami. Lopez has posted back-to-back strong starts and this will be his first start against Atlanta.

Miami is calling up Merandy Gonzalez to start the second game of Monday's doubleheader. Gonzalez will likely be optioned back to the minor leagues after the game. The right-hander has a 5.71 E.R.A in seven games this year and this will be his first big-league start.

Trevor Richards has continued to pile up strikeouts, but has taken a step back in production. The rookie will start Tuesday's game and he is coming off two straight losses. Richards is 3-7 with a 3.98 E.R.A in 2018 and he has also never faced Atlanta.

Jose Urena will bring his 3-12 record into Wednesday's series finale. Urena has dropped two straight decisions and has seen his E.R.A rise to 4.74. Urena has allowed ten runs in 10.1 innings in August and has been serving up too many home runs. Urena has already allowed three homers this month, tying his total for the complete month of July.

Monday's day-night doubleheader will begin at 1:35 p.m.

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