Michael Lorenzen's home run power has his Reds teammates in shock
Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen had a remarkable week at the plate, rejuvenating the #PitchersWhoRake movement with three home runs in three different games as a reliever:
We shouldn't be too surprised to see Lorenzen have success in the batter's box -- he was a two-way player in college at Cal State Fullerton and has always shown relative proficiency with the bat in his hands as a big leaguer, with an .840 OPS in 66 career plate appearances. But his last week of long balls has got his Reds teammates in awe of his Ohtani-esque performance:
Michael Lorenzen is my favorite player! #Reds- David Hernandez (@DHern_30) June 30, 2018
My boy @Lorenzen55 is pretty good at hitting. He doesn't take bp, or anything and comes in and hits bombs... lmaoooo- CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) July 1, 2018
Jared Hughes (@locatejared) July 1, 2018
Here are some other highlights from baseballers on social media over the last week ...
There was an unsurprisingly large number of reactions to the news of LeBron James heading to the Los Angeles Lakers:
Danny Duffy (@duffkc41) July 2, 2018
Well I guess the lakers have a new fan lol #lakeshow- 2️⃣ (@c_randolph) July 2, 2018
🙋 Right here 😂 https://t.co/5nMOqSe70U- Dr.Sticks👨🎯 (@T_eazy24) July 2, 2018
Apparently I like the Lakers. I don't like this about myself, but I don't have a choice.- Brent Rooker (@Brent_Rooker19) July 2, 2018
Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) July 2, 2018
Please insert card.- Daniel Norris (@DanielNorris18) July 2, 2018
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Stopppppp right now stopppppp #8#24 stop it !!!!!! #32 stoppppp- Yonder Alonso (@YonderalonsoU) July 2, 2018
Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) July 2, 2018
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove returned to his native San Diego and threw seven shutout innings against the Padres. He acknowledged that some of his fans in San Diego may be a bit conflicted:
Stay true to your team little man but I won't tell if you wanna wear that Pirates Lid around the house👊😉 https://t.co/BABQnkJor8- Joe Musgrove (@ItsbuccnJoe59) July 2, 2018
Cardinals rookie fireballer Jordan Hicks touched 104 mph against the D-backs on Wednesday. Hicks' teammate Austin Gomber revealed it isn't too much fun playing catch with him:
Daily life 😶 https://t.co/rbKMLmX5kP- Austin Gomber (@AustinGomber) July 5, 2018
Brandon McCarthy, meanwhile, is not sure how to feel about guys like Hicks throwing that hard:
I've seen two separate pitchers throw 104 in the last two days pic.twitter.com/rxkJJcj3nX- Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 3, 2018
His teammate Peter Moylan agreed:
McCarthy's wife did kindly remind him that he used to throw that hard, too ... by some measures:
You were young once too.... also the gun was hot pic.twitter.com/dAcoRbKXoA- Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 4, 2018