Pomeranz not getting caught up in spring stats

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The three hits, two runs and two walks that Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz issued in two innings during Saturday's Spring Training opener against the D-backs were of less concern to him than anyone paying keen attention to the stat line.

Pomeranz, 24, who went 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA last season as a rookie, is vying for the fifth spot in the rotation, but he's refusing to limit his vision to merely protecting his numbers in an effort to make the team.

"Spring Training, you're supposed to get ready for the season, so I'm out there working on things I'm not so good at, instead of stuff I'm already good at," Pomeranz said. "I already know what I can do, what my bread and butter is. The next step for me is to be better at the things that I struggled at last year."

Pomeranz said he toyed with pitch sequences. Eventually, he plans to devise a strategy that will make him less predictable.

"I don't want to pitch everyone the same way, like I did at times last year," Pomeranz said. "I was pretty happy with what I did. I had two walks, but those were not balls by much -- they were close calls. That's what this is for.

"It's not to say I'm not taking it seriously. I'm taking it more seriously, making an effort to get better. That's something I didn't realize my first two Spring Trainings. It's a step in a better direction than going out there and getting everybody out with my strengths right now. I'm trying to make the team and make the rotation, obviously, but I'm not going to do that if I can't do things I couldn't do last year."