3. Michael Lorenzen
It pains me to say this since he was our big deadline acquisition, but I don’t want Lorenzen anywhere near our postseason roster.
I don’t care that he was an All-Star in Detroit or that he threw a no-hitter in August — he’s been a complete disaster lately. In 9 appearances (7 starts) with Philly, he has a 5.89 ERA, a 6.06 FIP and a 1.47 WHIP.
All his peripherals are trending in the wrong direction, too. His strikeout rate is down, his walk rate is up, and he’s allowing way too many homers.
His recent move to the bullpen hasn’t helped much, either, as he got blown up in his first relief outing and only recorded 1 out.
Unfortunately for Lorenzen, he’s out of time. We can’t afford to let him figure things out in the playoffs. We need guys we can trust in high-leverage situations, and right now I wouldn’t want Lorenzen in the game even with a 10-run lead.
The trade seemed like a good idea at the time, but it just hasn’t worked out. Better to cut our losses now rather than have Lorenzen blow a playoff game. The stakes are just too high.
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