After Michael Lorenzen's first two starts with the Phillies, Dave Dombrowski looked like an absolute genius. He had allowed two runs in eight innings in his Phillies debut in Miami and then followed that up with a no-hitter in his home debut. Lorenzen's world came crashing down after that no-hitter as he pitched to a 7.96 ERA in his next five starts, bumping him from the rotation entirely.
He'd finish the season as a reliever and pitch well in three of his final four outings, but that wasn't even enough for the Phillies to include him in their Wild Card series roster. Lorenzen was added for the NLDS and NLCS but made just two appearances, both in games that were just about out of reach.
Lorenzen's struggles down the stretch and the team's lack of faith to give him meaningful work in the postseason sort of tells you all you need to know when it comes to his future with the team. It's non-existent.
Lorenzen is going to get a decent deal out there somewhere, as he was an All-Star in the first half with the Tigers and should still be a decent mid-rotation arm. Lorenzen clearly wasn't the best fit in Philadelphia, and the team will want to search for an upgrade as they attempt to fortify their rotation around Zack Wheeler, Ranger Suarez, Cristopher Sanchez and Taijuan Walker.