Rockies eye series win as Hoffman faces Peralta

Rockies eye series win as Hoffman faces Peralta

With Tyler Anderson scratched due to left arm soreness, rookie right-hander Jeff Hoffman will take the mound for the Rockies as they face Wily Peralta and the Brewers on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Hoffman has struggled in five previous starts this season that saw him allow 27 runs (15 earned) over 22 1/3 innings. The Rockies moved him to the bullpen on Sept. 19 to clear a rotation spot for fellow rookie German Marquez and limit Hoffman's innings, and the right-hander has limited opponents to one run over four innings in two outings.

"He may be a tad deconditioned, but we're still looking at a five innings or 75-pitch range," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Something like that in that neighborhood for Hoffy."

Peralta has been on a tear since being recalled in early August. He owns a 3.23 ERA in nine starts after giving up 52 runs (49 earned) in 66 innings during his first 13 starts before being demoted to Triple-A. Peralta has been especially good in his last two outings with three earned runs sprinkled over 12 innings.

Three things to know about this game

• The Rockies haven't seen much of Peralta, but the players who have seen him most have had mixed results. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon and second baseman DJ LeMahieu are both 2-for-12 against him, but middle of the order duo Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez are 3-for-5 and 3-for-7, respectively, with a double each against him.

• Peralta has made two career starts in Coors Field and has struggled, allowing 12 runs (eight earned) over 11 1/3 innings. However, he did last 7 2/3 innings in his more recent start, which came in June of 2014.

• With his RBI in the second inning of Friday's game, Blackmon became the eighth leadoff hitter in National League history to reach 80 in a season, the 10th time it has ever happened.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.