Look­ing Ahead

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Pa­trick Saun­ders, The Den­ver Post

Mets LHP Steven Matz (2-4, 5.51 ERA) at Rock­ies RHP Jeff Hoff­man (6-3, 5.58), 6:40 p.m. Tues­day, AT&T Sport­sNet; 850 AM This is a bat­tle of two strug­gling pitch­ers. Hoff­man has shown ex­cel­lent stuff and stel­lar com­mand, but only at times, so his re­sults have been iffy. It hasn’t helped that he has got­ten squeezed by the home plate um­pire in his last two starts. The rookie was 2-2 with an 8.00 ERA in five starts in July, giv­ing up five homers with a .324 bat­ting av­er­age against. Matz is 0-3 with a 14.18 ERA over his last four starts, with op­pos­ing bat­ters knock­ing him around at a .472 clip. The Rock­ies roughed him up July 16 at Citi Field, scor­ing seven earned run on nine hits in one in­ning. Wed­nes­day: Mets RHP Chris Flexen (0-1, 9.00 ERA) at Rock­ies RHP Tyler Chat­wood (6-11, 4.78), 6:40 p.m., AT&T Sport­sNet Thurs­day: Mets RHP Rafael Mon­tero (1-7, 5.56) at Rock­ies RHP Ger­man Mar­quez (9-4, 4.08), 1:10 p.m., no TV Fri­day: Phillies RHP Vince Ve­lasquez (2-6, 4.91) at Rockes RHP Jon Gray (3-2, 5.52), 6:40 p.m., AT&T Sport­sNet

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