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21 Michael Lorenzen RP

Cincinnati Reds

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August 14, 2020 04:04 AM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Multiple scoreless innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen threw 3.1 scoreless innings in Thursday's loss to the Pirates, allowing just one hit while striking out two.

This was Lorenzen's first outing since getting blown up by the Brewers on Sunday, and just his second appearance in eight in which he didn't allow a run. He and Cody Reed combined for six innings after Anthony DeSclafani allowed nine runs over two innings, saving the rest of the bullpen.

August 9, 2020 11:28 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Struggles continue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen did not retire any of the four batters he faced in Sunday's loss to the Brewers. He was charged with three runs on a hit and three walks.

The right-hander has now given up at least one run in six of his seven appearances this season, resulting in a 16.88 ERA. Reds players and coaches backed Lorenzen in postgame interviews, though manager David Bell suggested the team will discuss Lorenzen's role. "Looking forward, we will re-evaluate what we can do to get him back to where he needs to be," Bell told Mark Sheldon of "We'll be thinking about that. At this point, for the team and for Michael, we've just got to do whatever's best for him." It would not be a surprise to see Lorenzen move down a few rungs in the bullpen until he gets right. With Pedro Strop (groin) out, that leaves the Reds with Nate Jones, Lucas Sims and maybe even Tyler Mahle to handle key spots in the middle innings against righty-heavy portions of the opposing lineup.

July 29, 2020 06:32 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Another homer allowed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen allowed a two-run homer to Javier Baez in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, giving him three homers allowed in three games. His ERA has now climbed to 16.88.

Lorenzen's fastball velocity is actually up so far this season, but in this instance Lorenzen got beat on an 86-mph slider, according to Baseball Savant. Baez crushed it, too, with an exit velocity of 105.1 mph.

July 27, 2020 02:08 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Struggles again Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (0-1) allowed two runs on one hit and one walk without a strikeout in one inning as he was charged with the loss Sunday against the Tigers.

Lorenzen was called on in the ninth inning Sunday to preserve the 1-1 score, but he gave up a walk before allowing a two-run homer that proved to be the difference in the 3-2 loss. The 28-year-old has now allowed a home run in each of his two appearances over the Reds' first three games this year.

July 25, 2020 10:28 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Allows homer in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen, who had been nursing a sore forearm, gave up a go-ahead homer to Miguel Cabrera in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

It was a rough day for the primary right-handed Reds relievers. Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson and Raisel Iglesias all allowed homers, as they turned a 3-1 lead into a 6-4 loss.

July 19, 2020 11:52 AM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Managing forearm soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenezen is dealing with some soreness in his right forearm, Mark Sheldon of reports.

The issue cropped up after experimenting with a new pitch grip, so the 28-year-old is taking it easy for a couple days. Manager David Bell downplayed the injury, but Lorenzen only has a few days to get back on the mound before Friday's season opener against the Tigers.

June 27, 2020 07:48 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Throwing live batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen has been throwing live batting practice and simulated games for about six weeks, sometimes throwing up to 90 pitches in an outing, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I don't even need a spring training, to be honest," Lorenzen said. "My whole thing was no matter how much I throw right now, it's never going to be close to what I would normally throw in the season during this time or at the intensity just because of adrenaline and stuff like that."

Lorenzen doesn't need to be that far stretched out, as a reliever, but it's worth considering whether he and other relief pitchers might be asked to pick up more of the slack as starting pitchers will probably go far shorter than usual. Moreover, with the universal DH, a reliever than comes in to get the final out or two of one inning could pitch the next when normally he might get lifted for a pinch hitter in his team's half of the inning.

March 11, 2020 02:12 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Still pitching
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (knee) threw a scoreless inning in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Diamondbacks, despite allowing two hits and a walk, Mark Sheldon of reports. "I have some patellar tendinitis that we're getting over," Lorenzen said Tuesday. "It's doing a lot better. I was cleared to hit [Monday]. It's never bothered me hitting anyway. They just wanted to take the workload off of it. It doesn't bother me other than a full-on sprint. We just want to make sure that it's fully taken care of, which it's getting there."

While Lorenzen has been restricted from hitting and outfield work this spring, he's still been able to pitch, and has a 1.50 ERA over six innings so far.

March 7, 2020 11:52 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Yet to take field this spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen is dealing with some knee soreness that does not affect his pitching but has prevented him from playing center field this spring, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Since it does not affect his ability to do the main part of his job, this is very minor news, but it explains why he has not been used as a two-way player thus far. Lorenzen is a good hitter for a pitcher, but he is probably not going to get many starts in the field this year given the Reds' outfield depth.

February 21, 2020 01:48 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Early spring velocity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen was clocked at 97.7 mph with his fastball in Thursday's live batting practice, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen wants to be able to throw 103 mph this season, and is ahead of other pitchers in Reds camp right now in terms of velocity. Last year his average fastball velocity was 96.9 mph. He's positioned to be one of Raisel Iglesias' top setup relievers, and perhaps the most likely to supplant him as the closer as needed.

January 10, 2020 12:32 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Receives just under $4 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen agreed to a one-year, $3.725 million deal with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

This represents a sizable raise over the $1.95 million figure he settled for last offseason. He will have one final run in the arbitration process next offseason before hitting the open market after the 2021 season.

September 30, 2019 02:12 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Notches save in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen worked around a base hit to turn in a scoreless bottom of the ninth and claim his seventh save of the season Sunday in the Reds' 3-1 win over the Pirates.

Though the 27-year-old had been seeing increased work in the outfield in September, he was still effective when called upon in relief. After another strong showing in the season finale, Lorenzen wrapped up the campaign with a 2.92 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 85:28 K:BB in 83.1 innings. Should the Reds elect to move on from closer Raisel Iglesias during the offseason, Lorenzen would likely represent the top internal candidate to fill the vacancy.

September 27, 2019 12:12 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Rejoins Friday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (illness) is starting in center field and batting seventh Friday at Pittsburgh.

Lorenzen took some time off to recover from flu-like symptoms last weekend, but he delivered a scoreless frame Thursday and returns to the starting nine a day later. The 27-year-old is 3-for-26 in September and has a .195/.283/.317 slash line with one home run in 46 plate appearances this season.

September 21, 2019 04:20 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Battling flu-like symptoms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen was sent home Saturday with flu-like symptoms, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

The Reds' clubhouse has been thinned out by the flu bug; five players were sent home sick. Lorenzen is the best defensive center fielder on the team right now, but he's not a big-league regular with the bat, so he may work primarily out of the bullpen again once healthy.

September 21, 2019 01:08 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Out of lineup again Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

Lorenzen is an exceptional athlete and his ability to pinch hit and play center field in addition to his pitching is quite valuable to the Reds, but realistically, he's not a good enough hitter to be a regular in the lineup. He's gone just 3-for-24 with a homer and seven strikeouts this month. Brian O'Grady is starting in center field Saturday and it figures to be mostly O'Grady and Phillip Ervin over the final week of the season.

September 21, 2019 09:40 AM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Not starting Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets.

Lorenzen started four of the last five games in center field but has gone just 1-for-17 at the plate over that stretch while also making a couple of relief appearances. Phillip Ervin starts in center field Friday.

September 17, 2019 02:16 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Situated on bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.

Lorenzen had drawn three straight starts in center field entering the day, but Brian O'Grady gets the call in center and will hit seventh Tuesday. Lorenzen figures to have an opportunity to enter the contest out of the bullpen despite not seeing his name listed in the starting nine.

September 16, 2019 03:00 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Third straight start in center
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen will start in center field for the third straight game Monday against the Cubs.

Lorenzen has received sporadic opportunities on the offensive side of the ball over the last two seasons, but he's finally receiving opportunities as a proper outfielder this September, starting four times in center field. He's gone 0-for-11 at the plate in his three starts so far, but he does have a respectable .246/.289/.474 slash line (good for a 97 wRC+) in 126 career plate appearances, suggesting at least some potential as a semi-regular option in the outfield.

September 5, 2019 07:56 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Starting in CF
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen is starting in center field and batting seventh Thursday against the Phillies.

On Wednesday, he became the first player to earn the win, hit a home run and play in the field in the same game since Babe Ruth. September is a great opportunity for teams that are out of the race to experiment with stuff, so the Reds will give Lorenzen his first start in the field. He is hitting .353/.421/.588 with one home run and three steals in 19 plate appearances.

July 21, 2019 09:40 AM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Nabs sixth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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vs Pittsburgh 9.000 5.00025
vs LHB 35.200 3.7901339
vs RHB 46.200 2.3101546
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