Originally Posted by redsof72
Jeff makes good points on Lorenzen. He has never pitched on a five-day timetable where he is throwing a bullpen session between starts, kept on a standard running program, etc. He has not even really gone through the pre-game process of warming up since he went straight from center field to the mound in college and then pitched out of the bullpen after the draft this summer. He has also not gone into a start with the kind of game plan that a starter works through in terms of using one pitch to set up another and setting up a hitter. As a reliever, he has just come in and blown 97 mph cheese and mixed in the breaking ball. The thing the Reds wanted to get him to embrace (and he has) is an understanding that for the first time, he has to learn to think like a pitcher.
Plus, it's very likely that, in the interest of expanding his repertoire, he was throwing pitches he hasn't perfected and doesn't have a lot of confidence in. And, at the same time, trying to pace himself, which he has never done before. It was pretty much the first day of kindergarten. Of course, that said, the upshot is that, if he is to get it together and succeed as a starter, it will probably take longer than we wish it to.