DENVER -- Left-hander Drew Pomeranz made 22 starts last season for a struggling Rockies rotation that went to him because of injuries and generally poor pitching. An unpolished and not totally confident Pomeranz went 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA.
Now Pomeranz, who will be activated to start against the Giants on Sunday afternoon, believes he truly belongs, and he's pitching on a much better staff. He didn't make the rotation out of Spring Training, but earned a promotion by going 8-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 85 2/3 innings at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The Rockies entered Saturday 40-41, but more important they were three games behind the National League West-leading D-backs. With Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Chatwood all pitching well, Pomeranz is going to have to prove he can uphold his end of the bargain.
"I'm not going to lie, I was frustrated that I had to go down in the first place, but then I realized I needed to go refine some things," Pomeranz said. "I've started pitching, rather than just going out there and throwing. I feel a lot better.
"I feel a lot more confident personally, and these guys are throwing well up here. It's different this year."
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