Jeff Hoffman gets the start for the Rockies on the mound tonight. Hoffman has struggled in July so far, with a 7.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP, striking out just 11 in 23 innings. However, Hoffman has been much better away from Coors Field this season, with a 2.45 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in five starts on the road.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez has also struggled this month, with a 5.48 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He allowed three runs on six hits in 7 1⁄3 innings against the Rockies in May, walking a pair and striking out nine.
Ian Desmond is on the bench for the Rockies after leaving last night’s game with a calf issue, so Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra get starts in the outfield. Also, Tyler Chatwood is available in the bullpen.