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Braves look to get back on track against the Padres

San Diego visits SunTrust Park for the only time in 2019 with a four-game set starting Monday

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves successfully avoided a sweep on Sunday with a comeback win over the Colorado Rockies snapping a three-game losing streak. Atlanta is currently in third place in the NL East and 2.5 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves’ offense continues to click but a leaky bullpen has been problematic. The team added veteran lefty Jerry Blevins to the mix on Sunday but badly need guys like A.J. Minter and others to get back on track.

The Padres come to town with a 16-12 record and a 1.5 games back in the NL West. San Diego had a five-game winning streak snapped with an extra-inning loss to the Nationals on Sunday.

Rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday’s game and his status for this week’s series is unknown. Manny Machado shifted to shortstop to replace Tatis and we could see him there for an extended period this week.

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

Monday, April 29, 7:20 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

Nick Margevicius (2019: 5 GS, 25.0 IP, 22.8 K%, 6.9 BB%, 3.60 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 4.28 xFIP)

Lefty Nick Margevicius will get the nod in the opener and will be looking to continue an impressive start to his rookie season. Margevicius allowed four hits and two runs over five innings in his last start against Seattle. He did walk a career-high five batters in that game but was able to limit the damage. Margevicius walked a total of two batters in his first four starts combined.

Mike Soroka (2019: 2 GS, 10.2 IP, 26.5 K%, 10.2 BB%, 1.69 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 3.02 xFIP)

Mike Soroka will make his third start of the season in Monday’s series opener for Atlanta. Soroka has had to deal with a lot of baserunners over his first two outings but has done a good job of limiting the damage. He allowed five hits and just one run over 5 2/3 innings while throwing a career-high 109 pitches in his last start in Cincinnati.

Tuesday, April 30, 7:20 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paddack (2019: 5 GS, 27.0 IP, 30.3 K%, 8.1 BB%, 1.67 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 3.82 xFIP)

San Diego has gotten a lift from its young pitching staff and right-hander Chris Paddack has been the best of the bunch. Paddack has allowed a total of five earned runs over his first 27 innings placing him among the leagues ERA leaders with a 1.67 mark. He was great in his last start holding the Mariners to one hit and one walk over seven shutout innings while striking out nine.

Julio Teheran (2019: 6 GS, 31.2 IP, 25.4 K%, 12.0 BB%, 5.40 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 4.61 xFIP)

Julio Teheran has pitched well at times for the Braves this season but an elevated walk rate combined with diminishing stuff has provided a fine line for success. Teheran’s walk rate has climbed to 12 percent for the season which is more than last season’s career-high rate. He allowed five hits and three runs over six innings and struck out seven in his last start against the Reds.

Wednesday, May 1, 7:20 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

Matt Strahm (2019: 5 GS, 26.2 IP, 19.4 K%, 4.6 BB%, 3.04 ERA, 3.81 FIP, 4.85 xFIP)

Matt Strahm is making the transition from reliever to starter and is off to a good start in 2019. Strahm had made a total of eight starts in his career before this season but has already made five in 2019. He is continuing to build stamina and has been solid allowing a total of four runs over his last four starts. Strahm limited the Nationals to just four hits and two runs over six innings while notching a career-best eight strikeouts in his last start.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Max Fried (2019: 7 G, 5 GS, 31.1 IP, 20.5 K%, 5.5 BB%, 2.30 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 3.64 xFIP)

Max Fried admittedly wasn’t at his best in his last start against the Rockies when he allowed a season-high four runs over 5 1/3 innings but he was still able to notch a season-best eight strikeouts. Fried allowed two home runs in his last start and three over his last 11 2/3 innings. That came after not allowing a homer in his first 19 2/3 innings of 2019.

Thursday, May 2, 12:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

Eric Lauer (2019: 6 GS, 32.2 IP, 21.2 K%, 7.3 BB%, 4.41 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 4.43 xFIP)

Left-hander Eric Lauer will get the nod for the Padres in the series finale on Thursday. Lauer struggled a bit early on but has allowed just two runs in each of his last two starts. While he has gone at least five innings in every start this season he has not pitched past six in any either. Lauer allowed two hits and two runs over 5 2/3 innings last time out against the Nationals.

Mike Foltynewicz (2019: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 20.0 K%, 4.0 BB%, 6.00 ERA, 6.30 FIP, 5.14 xFIP)

Mike Foltynewicz will make his second start of the season in Thursday’s series finale. Folty finally debuted this past week after elbow soreness delayed the start of his season. Foltynewicz allowed six hits and four runs in six innings against the Rockies on Saturday.

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