Look­ing ahead

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.16 ERA) at Rock­ies RHP Jeff Hoff­man (6-3, 5.38), 1:10 p.m. Sun­day, AT&T Sport­snet; 850 AM

With Hoff­man’s good friend, Kyle Free­land, now on the dis­abled list, the Rock­ies need their rookie starters to be­gin show­ing im­prove­ment in the fi­nal two months of the sea­son. For Hoff­man, that means pitch­ing deeper into games and tam­ing the beast that is Coors Field. In seven starts at Coors this sea­son, Hoff­man is 2-2 with a 7.04 ERA. He has faced the Phillies once this sea­son, pick­ing up a win at Cit­i­zens Bank Park on May 22, going seven in­nings, al­low­ing one run on just three hits with seven strike­outs and no walks. Nola has never faced the Rock­ies. He’s been ter­rific of late, giv­ing up two or fewer runs in eight con­sec­u­tive starts, good for a 1.66 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP (walks plus hits per in­ning pitched). His fast­ball ve­loc­ity is up from last sea­son (91.4 mph to 92.6) and he’s clearly an im­por­tant part of the Phillies’ fu­ture. Off

Rock­ies RHP Ger­man Mar­quez (9-4, 4.11 ERA) at In­di­ans RHP Car­los Car­rasco (10-4, 3.89), 5:10 p.m., AT&T Sport­snet

Wed­nes­day: Rock­ies TBA at In­di­ans RHP Trevor Bauer (10-8, 5.00), 10:10 a.m., AT&T Sport­snet

Thurs­day: Off


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