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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (0) / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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John Lackey surrendered seven runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
Lackey was equal opportunity with his poor pitching, allowing runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings before being removed. That included a two-run home run to Justin Bour. Lackey also walked three while striking out five. The loss was Lackey's second straight to drop him to 7-4 on the year. The 37-year-old still owns a strong 3.29 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 102/27 K/BB ratio over 15 starts, and he'll try to get back on track Thursday against the Mets. Jun 25 - 8:21 PM

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John Lackey held the Nationals to two runs over six frames while striking out seven to take a no-decision in Tuesday's 4-3 win.

Lackey wasn't thrilled to be pulled in the seventh after hitting a batter and then giving up a double, but it looked like the right move at the time and Pedro Strop escaped with allowing just a sac fly. The 37-year-old has been brilliant since the beginning of May, posting a 1.72 ERA over nine starts. He'll try to keep it going against his former team, the Cardinals, at home the next time out.
Jun 14 - 10:47 PM

John Lackey fired seven scoreless innings Wednesday as the Cubs routed the Phillies 8-1.

Lackey cruised right through the Philadelphia batting order, yielding only three hits -- all singles -- while striking out eight and walking none. The veteran right-hander has been terrific for the Cubs this season, now with a 2.63 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 84/19 K/BB ratio in 82 innings. He gets the Nationals on the road next.
Jun 8 - 4:20 PM

John Lackey was terrific again Friday, punching out nine batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Diamondbacks.`

Lackey yielded only five hits -- all singles -- while walking two. He's now got his ERA under 3.00 (2.88) for the first time this season and also boasts a 0.97 WHIP and 76/19 K/BB ratio over 75 innings of work. The veteran right-hander looks like he's peaking in his late 30s. He'll have a good opportunity to keep it going next week in Philadelphia.
Jun 3 - 6:04 PM

John Lackey hurled seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Cubs' 7-2 win over the Phillies.

Lackey walked four but yielded only four hits and struck out six. The one run against him came on a Tyler Goeddel homer in the top of the seventh. Lackey now stands 5-2 with a 3.16 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 67/17 K/BB ratio through his first 68 1/3 innings with Chicago. He's looking like an offseason steal at two years, $32 million.
May 29 - 5:24 PM

John Lackey struck out nine while allowing three runs over seven frames to take a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

Lackey out-pitched Adam Wainwright, notching nine strikeouts while walking just one and allowing four hits. However, one of the hits was a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Matt Adams in the seventh inning. Lackey boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 frames on the season, as the 37-year-old looks like he has plenty left in the tank. He'll face the Phillies this weekend.
May 24 - 12:02 AM

John Lackey only allowed one run in six innings, striking out five, but ultimately settled for a no-decision in Wednesday’s extra-inning affair with the Brewers.

Lackey didn’t experience too much trouble in Wednesday’s start, but catcher David Ross helped immensely by catching a pair of potential base stealers and picking off Jonathan Lucroy at second base. On the mound, the right-hander now has four-consecutive quality starts and has only allowed six earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched. Lackey owns a 3.31 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.
May 19 - 1:12 AM

John Lackey took a hard-luck loss after limiting the Padres to one run and three hits in eight innings Wednesday.

Lackey struck out seven and walked none. He's given up four earned runs in 23 innings this month, lowering his ERA from 4.97 to 3.54.
May 11 - 11:05 PM

John Lackey recorded 11 strikeouts while holding the Nationals to two runs over seven innings in Friday's 8-6 victory.

The Nats got single tallies in the first (on an Anthony Rendon homer) and second (on a Max Scherzer single) innings, but Lackey cruised after that. It was a great outing made all the more impressive when you consider that the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field. Lackey has mixed in a couple clunkers among his six starts, so his ERA is still at 4.02. However, he boasts a 1.09 WHIP and 40/10 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings. The veteran righty will take on the Padres at home next week.
May 6 - 5:53 PM

John Lackey will start for the Cubs on Sunday against the Braves.

He had his scheduled start postponed on Saturday due to inclement weather. Jason Hammel will follow on Monday, with Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester to follow for the Cubbies.
Apr 30 - 11:51 AM

John Lackey allowed six runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Baseball is a funny game. After Lackey dominated the reigning NL Central champion Cardinals his last time out, the team expected to settle near the bottom of the division this year, the Reds, knocked him around. The loss was his first of 2016, dropping him to 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He's got a good shot at getting back in the win column Friday against the Braves.
Apr 23 - 10:49 PM

John Lackey dominated his former team with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout frames in Monday's 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.

Lackey ran into some trouble in the fifth inning, but he struck out Mike Leake and Matt Carpenter to end the frame and the threat. The grizzled veteran allowed only three hits on the night and issued just one walk (which was to Carpenter to lead off the bottom of the first). Lackey has strung together two good starts after a clunker of a debut and will take a 3-0 record and 22/5 K/BB ratio into Cincinnati this weekend.
Apr 18 - 11:01 PM

John Lackey pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball as the Cubs beat the Reds 9-2 on Wednesday.

Lackey also had a fine night at the plate, picking up his sixth career RBI and later his fifth career walk (in 141 plate appearances). Lackey has a 5.68 ERA after two starts, but he's 2-0.
Apr 13 - 11:36 PM

John Lackey scuffled through six innings in Thursday's 14-6 win over the Diamondbacks, yielding six runs on eight hits.

Lackey struck out four and walked one. Jean Segura got his night off to a rocky start, burning him for a solo home run to open the bottom of the first inning. Later in the frame, Jake Lamb would notch a two-run single off the veteran. Segura would pull off an inside-the-park home run in the second inning, while a David Peralta RBI triple and Lamb sacrifice fly in the third would finish off the scoring on Lackey's line. While Thursday's start was less-than-encouraging, we expect the new Cubbie starter to post dependable -- if unspectacular -- fantasy numbers in 2016.
Apr 8 - 1:14 AM

John Lackey pitched in a minor league game on Monday.

Lackey was very efficient, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six batters. The important thing is that he got stretched out to around 70 pitches. The veteran right-hander is rounding into form for the start of the regular season.
Mar 21 - 5:34 PM

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C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Willson Contreras
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Chris Coghlan
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Travis Wood
6Spencer Patton
7Gerardo Concepcion
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Clayton Richard
10Zac Rosscup
11Joe Nathan