No-heater Milestone Pitcher Waka Entry Eliminated
Michael Lorenzen (Philadelphia Phillies), who was eliminated from the wild card series entry despite a hitless scoreless record, was included in the division series entry. Philadelphia plans to use Lorenzen as a relief pitcher in the Division Series.
Before Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), Lorenzen was a right-hander who set various records with pitching and hitting in the Major League.
Lorenzen hit a grand slam as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning against Milwaukee in 2018, the first major league pitcher to hit a grand slam.
When playing for Cincinnati in 2019, he appeared as a relief pitcher in the 7th inning against Philadelphia, pitched 2 innings, and hit a 2-run home run as a batter. He played center field in the 9th inning. Lorenzen, who recorded a relief win, achieved the record for winning pitcher, home run, and fielder appearance in one game in 98 years since Babe Ruth in 1921.
In the 2022 season, he also played with Ohtani at the LA Angels. He signed a one-year contract with the Angels last year, and as a starting pitcher, he recorded 8 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 4.24 in 18 games.
Lorenzen, who played for the Detroit Tigers this year and was selected as an All-Star for the first time since his debut, was traded to Philadelphia at the trade deadline in early August.
Lorenzen started against the Washington Nationals on August 10th and threw a whopping 124 pitches over 9 innings, achieving a no-hitter with 4 walks, 5 strikeouts, no hits, and no runs. This is the 14th record for a Philadelphia pitcher.
Lorenzen, who threw 101 pitches through the 7th inning, finished with 10 pitches in the 8th. Lorenzen, who went on the mound in the 9th inning despite exceeding his highest number of pitches in a game, set a record by hitting all three batters with outfield fly balls.
However, Lorenzen, who set a record of no hitters and no runs, did not play in the Wild Card Series. Something that wasn’t even included in the entry. After the no-hitter, Lorenzen performed poorly with 2 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 7.96 in five starts, and was pushed out of the starting rotation. He pitched the last four games of the season as a bullpen pitcher. He recorded 9 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 4.18 in 29 games this season.
Philadelphia planned to finish the wild card series (best of three) against the Miami Marlins with three starters: Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, and Ranger Suarez. There was no room for Lorenzen in the bullpen either.
Philadelphia changed one roster spot in the Division Series (best of 5). Philadelphia announced its division series entry on the 7th and included Lorenzen. The number of pitchers was increased by one to 13.
To make room for Lorenzen, inside and outfield utility Weston Wilson was omitted from the entry list. Wilson was included in the Wild Card Series entry, but did not play in a single game.