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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
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John Lackey pitched seven innings of one-run ball for the victory as the Cardinals edged the Pirates 3-2 on Monday.
Lackey was pitching from behind for most of the outing, but the Cards came through with three runs in the top of the seventh to earn him his first win since Aug. 3. He's 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts for St. Louis. Aug 25 - 10:17 PM

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John Lackey allowed four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday.

Lackey cruised through the Reds order the first time, fanning five while facing the minimum, but a single and a two-run homer by Todd Frazier got the Reds on the board in the fourth. Two errors added the two unearned runs in the sixth inning, and Lackey wouldn't factor in the team's come-from-behind victory. It was a largely positive outing, as Lackey struck out seven while allowing just four hits and a walk on the night. He's been good in three of his four starts since joining the Cardinals, and he'll take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Aug 20 - 12:17 AM

John Lackey bounced back from his previous start, allowing only two runs over seven innings, but got a no-decision in Thursday's win against the Padres.

Lackey was torched for nine runs in five innings on Saturday, his second start with his new club. Thursday's effort was worlds better, as he allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five. In 19 innings with the Cardinals, Lackey has a 6.16 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and a 12/5 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Reds on Tuesday at home next.
Aug 14 - 11:30 PM

John Lackey was bombed for nine earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Orioles.

Lackey didn't enjoy his first trip back to an American League East park, yielding 13 hits -- three of which were long home runs. The right-hander was sharp in his Cardinals debut last weekend and should bounce back next Thursday in St. Louis against the Padres.
Aug 9 - 7:09 PM

John Lackey allowed two runs over seven innings against the Brewers to earn his first win as a member of the Cardinals on Sunday.

Lackey trailed all afternoon after allowing two early runs, but he blanked the Brewers over his final five innings to keep the game close. The right-hander gave up seven hits while striking out four in the start. The move to the National League and pitching for a better team certainly help his value over the next two months. Despite recently joining the NL Central, Lackey will revisit his AL East days with an interleague tilt against the Orioles on tap for Saturday.
Aug 3 - 6:29 PM

John Lackey will make his Cardinals' debut on Sunday versus the Brewers.

That means he won't have to face the Red Sox next week. The Cardinals will push Lance Lynn back a couple days to face Boston on Tuesday.
Aug 1 - 5:37 PM

Cardinals acquired RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell from the Red Sox for RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig.

It's another exciting blockbuster trade on an active 2014 deadline day. Lackey has posted a strong 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this season for Boston and should be even better with the move to the National League. He holds a bargain $500,000 club option for the 2015 season as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals gave up two big major league pieces in Kelly and Craig, but they're both having disappointing years.
Jul 31 - 1:20 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals have acquired John Lackey from the Red Sox.

Joe Kelly and Allen Craig are headed to the Red Sox in an interesting three-player swap. Lackey was sporting a cool 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this season for Boston and gets a nice fantasy boost moving from the American League to the National League, and from Fenway Park to Busch Stadium. He holds a bargain $500,000 option for 2015.
Jul 31 - 12:35 PM

The Red Sox are close to trading John Lackey to either the Cardinals or Dodgers, reports ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

Both clubs are good fits. The Dodgers want to fortify a rotation that is pretty good 1-5, but would be in serious trouble in the event of an injury. The Cardinals, meanwhile, would like to add more depth to a rotation currently relying heavily on Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller. New acquisition Justin Masterson is still on the disabled list, and Carlos Martinez didn't acquit himself well as a starter and was moved back to the bullpen. Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha are obviously both shelved as well.
Jul 31 - 12:32 PM

The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham was told by a source that there is a 70-percent chance John Lackey will be traded.

The Marlins have been tied to Lackey in recent days, and one wonders if the Fish will be more motivated now that another reported target, Tommy Milone, has been traded to the Twins. Owing to Lackey's 2012 Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox have a $500,000 club option for 2015 that is hugely attractive, especially to small market teams. The veteran right-hander has put up a solid a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 31 - 12:15 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that there's "zero chance" the Marlins trade for John Lackey.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported earlier Wednesday that the Fish were talking to the Red Sox about a deal involving the veteran righty, but apparently those negotiations didn't get very far. Morosi's colleague, Ken Rosenthal has said there's a "very good chance" Lackey is dealt somewhere. It just apparently won't be to Miami.
Jul 30 - 3:11 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins and Red Sox are discussing a possible John Lackey trade.

The Marlins obviously like the fact that Lackey has a team option of $500,000 for next season. It also doesn't hurt that he's posted a 3.55 ERA over 50 starts since the beginning of last season. It's not clear at this point what kind of package the Marlins might be willing to give up.
Jul 30 - 2:39 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is a "very good chance" the Red Sox trade John Lackey in addition to Jon Lester.

The Red Sox have a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery, so while he might not bring as much as Lester, you can understand why he's sought after. The righty boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season. Rosenthal says the Indians and Marlins are interested in Lackey. The Royals have previously been reported to have interest.
Jul 30 - 12:31 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have inquired on John Lackey.

It backs up a previous report from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. McCullough adds that the Red Sox are "said to be seeking a sizable return." It's not a surprise, given that Lackey has a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The righty boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 29 - 8:19 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are open to trading both John Lackey and Jon Lester for the right returns.

It had been clear that they were listening on Lester, but it appears they'd consider dealing Lackey, as well. While Lester is set to hit free agency after the season, the Red Sox have a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. That obviously makes his value much higher. Lackey is also pitching very well for the second straight season, posting a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 10:39 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez
9Tyler Lyons