Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 5.03 ERA) at Marlins LHP Justin Nicolino (0-1, 5.31), 5:10 p.m. Saturday, AT&T SportsNet; 850 AM Hoffman appears to be rounding into form just when the Rockies need him. The centerpiece of the 2015 trade with Toronto involving Troy Tulowitzki is coming off one of the strongest starts of his career. The rookie pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in Colorado’s 3-2 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday. Nicolino, who has never faced the Rockies, has struggled. That means he will be pitching with a lot to prove Saturday night. At Triple-A, he has a career 3.61 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. But his talent hasn’t translated to the majors, where he owns a 4.61 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Rockies RHP German Marquez (9-4, 3.88 ERA) at Marlins RHP Vance Worley (2-2. 4.82), 11:10 a.m., AT&T SportsNet