The Marlins and Jordan Yamamoto face the Braves at home

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 23: Pitcher Jordan Yamamoto #50 has a drink of water during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 6-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 23: Pitcher Jordan Yamamoto #50 has a drink of water during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 6-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Marlins starter Jordan Yamamoto takes to the mound tonight to face the Atlanta Braves in the final series for Miami before the All-Star break.

It’s a lot to ask a rookie who is making his fifth start on the Major League level to do. Can Jordan Yamamoto take the ball and help the Marlins erase a four-game losing streak? The Marlins face the Atlanta Braves for the first of a three-game series tonight.

The Marlins will face Julio Teheran for the Braves. The veteran owns a 5-6 record with a 3.99 ERA.

Miami has fallen on hard times, being swept by the Washington Nationals on the road. The series with Atlanta will be the last of the first half of the season for the Marlins, who break for the All-Star Week festivities in Cleveland. Sandy Alcantara will be the team’s lone representative.

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This also marks the first time that Yamamoto, 3-0 this season with a 2.35 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his previous four outings, faces Atlanta. He was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville last month when injuries affected the team’s starting rotation. In 23 innings pitched in the Majors, he has a 0.96 WHIP and is opponents are 0-for-23 with 14 strikeouts when he throws his slider.

Yamamoto was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers last offseason in the deal for Christian Yelich.

Teheran has a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings pitched against Miami this season. He has fallen on hard times of late as opposing hitters have a .415 average against him in his last three starts to go along with a .523 on-base percentage.

The Marlins will also look to get more help from their lineup. In the last four games, they have managed to score just 11 runs. They fell 5-3 on Thursday.

In the Minors: Another Miami Marlins pitching prospect is turning heads in the minors. On Thursday, it was Edward Cabrera’s turn.

The right-handed pitcher, who is the organization’s eighth-ranked prospect settled down after getting off to a rocky start to help the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp beat the Mobile BayBears, 6-0 in the first of a six-game series on the road.

Per MLB.com, Cabrera finished with a 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K stat-line for the Marlins Double-A affiliate.

He walked the first three of the six Mobile batters he faced but was able to slow down and throw six scoreless innings. He allowed two hits in his second Double-A start.

The knock on Cabrera last season was that he was not consistent in throwing strikes at the Single-A level, but in 13 starts between Class A Advanced Jupiter and the Jumbo Shrimp, He has a 2.06 while batters have a .184 average against him. He has 84 strikeouts and only 23 walks this season in 70 innings on the mound.

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