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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
Contract: view contract details

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John Lackey allowed two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Cubs.
Lackey allowed eight hits and three walks, so the Cubs had their share of chances, but he managed to keep the damage to a minimum and keep the Cardinals in the ballgame. He struck out five in the no-decision. The veteran right-hander had a really rough outing in Coors Field earlier this month, but he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three straight starts since. He'll carry a 3.35 ERA into a start against the Padres next week at home. Jun 27 - 12:32 AM

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John Lackey hurled seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Cardinals' rout of the Phillies.

Lackey allowed only five hits and two walks in the sharp, efficient outing. The one run he gave up was on a Cody Asche solo shot in the bottom of the second inning. Lackey is now 6-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 14 starts this season. Not bad from a guy who's making the major league minimum.
Jun 20 - 10:13 PM

John Lackey held the Twins to just two runs across eight innings in Monday's 3-2 victory.

He gave up just five hits, walked one and struck out six. In case you needed any more evidence that a start in Coors Field should basically be discounted, Lackey was terrific before last week's Coors outing and was again on point Monday. He'll bring a 3.59 ERA into Philadelphia this weekend.
Jun 16 - 12:40 AM

John Lackey was taken to the cleaners by the Rockies on Monday, surrendering 10 runs (eight earned) in four innings.

We're willing to write off this start as Lackey was at Coors Field and was mostly victimized by the hot-hitting Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado. The Rockies scored five runs off of him in the first inning and plated five more in the fourth. Lackey allowed 12 hits overall, but walked none and struck out five. Despite the horrific outing, Lackey still maintains a productive 3.74 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and a 57/18 K/BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings. He'll try to rebound at home against the Royals in his next start.
Jun 8 - 11:30 PM

John Lackey held the Brewers to three runs over seven innings Wednesday in a Cardinals victory.

Lackey was staked to a five-run lead after the first inning and went into cruise control, scattering 10 hits and one walk over his seven frames. He struck out five. Lackey will carry a 4-3 record, 2.93 ERA, and 1.19 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Rockies. He has a strong 52/18 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings.
Jun 3 - 4:35 PM

John Lackey fired seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

Lackey was nothing short of excellent, allowing just five hits (all of them singles) and one walk while striking out nine batters. The veteran right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts and now has a 2.83 ERA on the year. Not bad for a guy who is making the major league minimum salary. He'll try to keep it going against the Brewers at home next week.
May 29 - 11:44 PM

John Lackey surrendered three runs over five innings in a rain-shortened loss to the Royals on Saturday.

The tarp was rolled out onto the field in the middle of the sixth inning, at which point Lackey had thrown 68 pitches. He likely would have been able to last another inning or two if the game hadn't been called. As is, he struck out two and walked two while allowing six hits over his five innings. Alex Gordon burned him for a two-run homer in the second inning. The other run came in the form of an RBI single by Salvador Perez in the fourth. Lackey's pitched very well for the Cardinals this season and boasts a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 38/16 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings, numbers which he'll take into a (hopefully dry) series with the Dodgers in his next start.
May 23 - 10:19 PM

John Lackey held the Mets to one run in seven innings in a no-decision on Monday as the Cardinals lost in 14 innings.

Lackey allowed the lone run in the fourth inning when Lucas Duda hit an RBI single to center field. He pitched well enough to win, but Matt Harvey was just a little bit better. Lackey gave up only three hits without issuing a walk while striking out six. The veteran now has a 2.96 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 36/14 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll face the Royals in Kansas City next.
May 18 - 11:38 PM

John Lackey allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

Lackey opened the game issuing back-to-back walks and wound up allowing two runs to the Tribe in that opening frame. He settled in from there, but the veteran right-hander was thoroughly out-dueled by Indians ace Corey Kluber, who struck out 18 batters and yielded just one hit over his eight frames. Lackey will carry a strong 3.22 ERA into his next start on the road against the Mets.
May 13 - 9:33 PM

John Lackey fired 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball Thursday in the Cardinals' 5-1 defeat of the Cubs.

Lackey was fantastic, scattering five hits and one walk over his 7 2/3 frames while striking out 10. He left to a standing ovation in the top of the eighth. The veteran right-hander is now 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 28/9 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings this season. And he's only making the major league minimum. Lackey gets the Indians on the road next time out.
May 7 - 4:53 PM

John Lackey took the loss on Monday against the Phillies, giving up three runs in seven innings of work.

All three runs scored with two outs in the seventh inning as Ben Revere knocked in a pair with a ground-rule double and Odubel Herrera then plated Revere with a single. Overall, Lackey surrendered nine hits and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander will take his 4.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 14/5 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings into next weekend's home start against the Pirates.
Apr 27 - 11:08 PM

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and John Lackey agreed in spring training to an incentives package that could push the pitcher's total earnings in 2015 past $2 million.

Strauss adds that "neither Lackey, the club, MLB nor the players union has announced the amendment," which is based around the number of appearances the right-hander makes. Lackey base salary this season is just $507,500 due to a contract stipulation he agreed to with the Red Sox which kicked in when he had Tommy John surgery. The Cards were under no obligation to sweeten his deal, but doing so modestly to keep the veteran more motivated is probably a wise move.
Apr 26 - 12:41 PM

John Lackey picked up a no-decision on Wednesday, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals.

Lackey was hurt by the Nationals' five-run third inning, capped off by a bases-clearing double by Yunel Escobar. Overall, he allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Lackey has had two mediocre starts and one superb start to begin the 2015 season. He'll bring his 4.34 ERA into his next outing at home against the weak-hitting Phillies.
Apr 22 - 10:34 PM

John Lackey fired seven innings of scoreless ball Thursday in the Cardinals' 4-0 blanking of the Brewers.

Lackey absolutely cruised in the matinee at Busch Stadium, scattering five singles and a walk over his seven shutout frames. He struck out eight Milwaukee hitters and came away with his first win of the season. The veteran right-hander should remain a good source of victories, ERA, and strikeouts all year on another good Cardinals team. And he's making just $507,000. Lackey gets the Nationals on the road in his next turn through the St. Louis rotation.
Apr 16 - 4:55 PM

John Lackey was handed a no-decision Friday after giving up four runs over six innings against the Reds.

Lackey was pretty good against everybody not named Joey Votto, who slugged a pair of two-run homers. He walked two and struck out one in his season debut. The veteran right-hander had a 3.82 ERA across 31 starts between Boston and St. Louis last season and remains a useful starter in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 10 - 10:38 PM

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