MLB Network's Brian Kenny compared Michael Lorenzen of the Cincinnati Reds to Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels during his "Digging In" segment on MLB Now, and reached the conclusion that Lorenzen has outperformed Ohtani over the past two seasons.
"For the last two years, Michael Lorenzen of the Reds is outhitting and outpitching Shohei Ohtani. ... Michael Lorenzen - pitch for pitch, at-bat for at-bat - last two years has been better," Kenny insisted.
Lorenzen has a 3.15 ERA in 113 appearances over the past two years as a reliever and is batting .308 in 52 at-bats over the same time span. Ohtani, who has not pitched this season recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, has been solid at the plate, batting .287 with 39 homers and 122 RBI since his MLB debut in 2018.
Lorenzen got an inning-ending double play to preserve the Reds' one-run lead through seven innings on Tuesday night in Seattle, but he walked Austin Nola before Amir Garrett relieved Lorenzen with two outs in the 8th inning. Garrett allowed a two-run home run to Kyle Seager that lifted the Mariners to a come-from-behind win.