Look­ing Ahead

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

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

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