Lorenzen struck out two and gave up one run on one hit and one walk over two innings to record his sixth save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.
Raisel Iglesias just returned from the paternity list but was deemed not ready to pitch Saturday, leaving Lorenzen to not only close but act as his own setup man as well. The 27-year-old now sports a 3.55 ERA and 51:14 K:BB through 50.2 innings and has seven holds to go with his saves in 45 appearances.
Lorenzen struck out two and gave up a hit over 1.2 scoreless innings to record his fifth save of the season in a 6-3 win over the Cubs on Friday.
While the Reds insist that Raisel Iglesias is still their closer, it can't be ignored that the 29-year-old Cuban hasn't notched a save since June 9, while Lorenzen has picked up three in that time. On the year, Lorenzen sports a 3.00 ERA and 41:12 K:BB over 42 innings -- solid numbers, but apparently not dominant enough to officially wrest away ninth-inning duties yet.
Lorenzen retired the Astros in order without a strikeout to earn the save in Tuesday's 4-3 victory.
Closer Raisel Iglesias was used in the eighth inning with the tying run on first base for the second straight game, affording Lorenzen another opportunity to notch a save. The 27-year-old has a 3.05 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 38:10 K:BB through 38.1 innings this season, and is 4-for-5 in save chances while also recording four holds. Lorenzen appears to be the go-to guy for the ninth inning if Iglesias is utilized earlier to escape from a jam.
Lorenzen recorded the final two outs of the ninth, striking out one batter, during a 3-2 victory against the Astros to register his third save of the season Monday.
Reds closer Raisel Iglesias came in with one out and the tying run on first during the eighth. He faced three batters in that frame and then the first two hitters of the ninth, but after throwing 21 pitches, manager David Bell surprisingly went to Lorenzen for the final two outs. This is obviously a situation to monitor moving forward. Lorenzen is 3-for-4 in save opportunities this season with a 3.13 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.
Lorenzen retired all four batters he faced in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, striking out one. He currently has a 3.48 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 27:10 K:BB over 31 innings.
This came on the heels of Lorenzen giving up four runs to the Pirates on Wednesday, and he had allowed at least a run in four of his previous five outings in total.
Lorenzen didn't allow a baserunner and struck out one to record the save Wednesday against the Mets.
With Raisel Iglesias having pitched back-to-back nights, the Reds turned to Lorenzen for the save chance Wednesday. He came through, recording a strikeout and two flyouts to collect his second save of the season. Lorenzen is unlikely to rack up a ton of save opportunities this season, and though he has a 1.08 ERA, his 1.32 WHIP and six walks across 16.2 innings suggest he may be in line to allow a few more earned runs than he has early on.
Lorenzen threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief Monday against the Mets, part of a collective effort where the Reds' bullpen threw 5.1 scoreless innings. He allowed a hit and a walk, striking out one.
With the outing Lorenzen lowered his ERA to 1.15 on the season, covering 15.2 innings. His K:BB is a pedestrian 11:6, but he's avoided major damage by allowing just one homer so far.
Lorenzen recorded the final out of Friday's game against the Padres to earn his first save of the season. He allowed one hit.
He got Wil Myers swinging to preserve a one-run lead after Cincinnati jumped out in front in the top of the 11th. It was Lorenzen's fourth career save. Raisel Iglesias, the team's primary closer, worked the ninth in a tie game. Lorenzen has seen quite a bit of time in mop-up duty this season -- he does not have a hold through eight appearances.
Lorenzen gave up the go-ahead homer to the Brewers' Orlando Arcia in Tuesday's loss. He also allowed two walks after that, but those didn't come around to score.
Lorenzen came in with the game tied 1-1, two men on and two outs. Arcia had been 0-for-16 on the season before his opposite field shot. Lorenzen had been dominant in his previous outing against the Pirates, so don't read too much into this bad outing.
The Reds used Lorenzen as a pinch runner in Thursday's Opening Day win and kept him in center field afterward, moving Scott Schebler over to left field, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Reds manager David Bell said that they wouldn't use Lorenzen as a starter in center field in the near future because the Reds have so many other outfield options, but they wouldn't be opposed to that in the long term.
Lorenzen played center field Saturday against the Rangers without pitching in the game, the first time this spring that he's done that, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The fact that the Reds feel comfortable using Lorenzen in center is yet another reason that Philip Ervin probably won't make the Opening Day roster, no matter how well he's hitting this spring. Lorenzen gives the Reds another outfielder without it costing them an extra roster spot.
Lorenzen struck out two in a perfect fifth inning and struck out in his lone at-bat in Monday's 5-5 exhibition tie with the Indians.
The Reds had teased the idea of making Lorenzen a two-way player earlier in the spring and committed to it for the first time Monday. After pitching a spotless frame, Lorenzen checked into center field in the sixth inning and looked like a natural on the defensive end while fielding the two balls that came his way, though he did miss a cut-off man on a throw to third base. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, manager David Bell said after the game that he plans to get Lorenzen a few more reps in center during camp, but the 27-year-old remains likely to see the overwhelming share of his action in 2019 as a reliever and occasional pinch hitter.
Lorenzen will get some spring training game reps in center field, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Lorenzen has been impressive so far in fielding practice, but he hasn't yet seen any game action in the field yet. The Reds are likely to use some sort of hybrid solution in center field to begin the season, depending on when Nick Senzel is up with the big club. Lorenzen could be a part of that picture late in games as a way to give the team added flexibility.
Lorenzen was working with the outfielders Thursday for batting practice, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "We've put together a plan for the whole spring, knowing we can adjust it at any time," Reds manager David Bell said. "We didn't want to go into each day not knowing what he's going to do. We all felt better, he did, too. He was part of putting it together."
Lorenzen will still work on pitching in game action first, but he'll get chances to hit and play in the outfield later in spring training games. "It's fantastic, the effort they're putting in," Lorenzen said. "A lot of the excuses were, 'You know, we don't want to overwork him.' Well, let's just sit down and talk about it then. They were willing to sit down and talk about it, which is one of the reasons why I love this staff so much and why I think the front office did a great job [hiring] this staff. They're willing to find solutions for problems."
Lorenzen may see playing time in the outfield toward the end of spring training, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Manager David Bell is open to the possibility of using Lorenzen as a two-way player, but the focus will be on pitching at first. Once Lorenzen has completed a normal spring training progression on the mound, then he might get some reps in the outfield and at the plate. There's certainly some intrigue on both sides of the ball here, as the right-hander produced a 3.11 ERA in 81 innings last season and holds a .250/.276/.500 slash line with six homers in 92 MLB plate appearances.
Lorenzen and the Reds reached an agreement Friday on a one-year, $1.95 million deal, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Lorenzen threw 81 innings for the Reds last season, finishing with a 3.11 ERA, though a modest 15.7 percent strikeout rate and an unimpressive 9.9 percent walk rate suggest that some regression may be coming. His role may be expanded this season, with the Reds talking about using him in the outfield occasionally to take advantage of a bat which has produced a 101 wRC+ (.250/.276/.500) and six homers in 92 major-league plate appearances.
Lorenzen could see some playing time in the outfield under new manager David Bell, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
In a small sample of 92 career plate appearances, Lorenzen has looked like a capable big-league hitter, posting a .250/.276/.500 slash line (good for a 101 wRC+) with six homers. His 31.5 percent strikeout rate and 2.2 percent walk rate cast some doubt on the idea that he should hit on a regular basis, however. As a pitcher, Lorenzen's 3.11 ERA in 81 innings last season was solid, but as a player who worked primarily as a non-closing reliever, his fantasy value was limited. If he does become something approaching a true two-way player, that would have appeal in certain formats, though it's not clear yet just how often Bell intends to use him in the field.
Lorenzen (4-2) threw 5.2 scoreless innings Saturday to register the victory over Pittsburgh, working around five hits and two walks while striking out two. He also notched an RBI single.
The two-way player helped his cause by driving in Dilson Herrera in the fourth inning. Lorenzen has sandwiched a Sept. 23 loss with a combined 9.2 scoreless innings in two positive outings, finishing the 2018 season with a 3.11 ERA in 81 innings, but he probably overachieved, considering his 6.0 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 overall. He pitched well in relief (3.21 ERA in 67.1 innings) but might get a chance to compete for a rotation gig in 2019, making him an arm to watch for NL-only fantasy players.
Lorenzen's third start of the season has been pushed up from Sunday to Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
This is part of the fallout from the Reds' decision to shut down Luis Castillo. Anthony DeSclafani will move from Saturday to Friday, and Sunday's start remains open right now.
Lorenzen (3-2) surrendered four runs on nine hits and two walks across four innings and was saddled with the loss Sunday against Miami.
Lorenzen gave up all four runs in the third inning on two hits. He exited the game with a 4-0 deficit after throwing 41 of 65 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old made just his second start of the 2018 campaign in the series finale, and he's slated to close out Cincinnati's season Sunday against the Pirates.
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