The Cincinnati Reds had a glaring problem all season. That problem was the bullpen’s disappointing fights. With Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone both struggling with injuries recently, the bullpen could use a new arm return. The reds urgently need Michael Lorenzen to return to the bullpen.
All signs indicate that Lorenzen will return to the team after the All-Star break. Lorenzen has yet to make his season debut as he suffered a shoulder strain in late spring training. An unfortunate injury for the 29-year-old right-hander, who was fighting for a starting place before the injury.
The Reds need Michael Lorenzen to be a force from the bullpen.
When Lorenzen finally returns from his time on the injured list, he will have to prove a lot to himself and the organization. Lorenzen is in the final year of his contract and has had a tough year with his third highest ERA as a member of the Reds at 4.28.
Even if the last season was difficult for everyone, Michael Lorenzen is a competitor and absolutely wants to show that the past season is a thing of the past. The fans hope he is up for the challenge this year.
The Reds bullpen continues to struggle with the highest ERA of any team in the league at 5.64, and the auxiliary corps has given up 49 home runs, which is the most in the league. The bullpen is second in walks issued this year (154), behind only division rival St. Louis. Lorenzen had to face 147 thugs last season, gave up 3 home runs and walked 17.
With so many unanswered questions from the Cincinnati Reds bullpen and increasing injuries for the unit, Lorenzen could be fighting for a closer spot upon his return to the team. Lucas Sims appears to play this role when he’s healthy and records seven parades in nine attempts.
However, Sims is now struggling with an elbow injury that has put him on the 10-day IL. If this injury continues to be a problem, Lorenzen has experience with final games. The bulky right-hander has made 10 saves with the club during his career in the Major League.
The Reds need Lorenzen to come back and get a fresh arm in the team’s battered bullpen. The last time Reds fans saw Mikey Biceps on the hill was in Game 2 of the Wild Card round against Atlanta last season. Lorenzen gave up one hit on his last appearance in 2020 and deleted two.