In the series finale, Jeff Hoffman will be starting for the Rockies. This season, he is 6-4 with a 5.15 ERA in 16 appearances (15 of which have been starts). Even after a less-than stellar performance on Saturday against the Marlins in which he went five innings, gave up seven hits, four runs, and walked three, in his past three starts, Hoffman’s ERA is 3.50 and his opponent’s batting average is .239.
He will be opposing another right-handed rookie in Lucas Sims. He was just called up at the beginning of this month so he has limited experience. In three starts at the major league level, he has struggled as he is 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA. His opponents (which have been the Dodgers, Marlins, and Cardinals) have had a .324 batting average against him.
In Triple-A Gwinnett, he was 7-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 games (19 of which were starts).
Thursday’s game has a scheduled start time of 1:10 PM Mountain time so, as with most weekday day games, AT&T Rocky Mountain will not be televising the game. The rest of the games have a scheduled start time of 6:40 Mountain time and they will be televised. Of course, all games will be broadcast on KOA 850 and the Rockies Radio Network. If you don’t live in Colorado or in Wyoming and you are a subscriber to MLB.TV, you can watch the Braves telecast of the game on Thursday.