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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (0) / LAA
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John Lackey was ejected from Friday's game against the Cardinals following an argument with home plate umpire Jordan Baker.
Lackey was incensed over a pitch to Carlos Martinez in the top of the fifth inning that was called a ball but should have been strike three. After Martinez promptly delivered an RBI single on the next offering, Lackey lost it on Baker and was ejected. Lackey might be fined, but a suspension seems unlikely. He was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames before getting the heave ho. Sep 15 - 3:50 PM

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John Lackey gave up two runs over seven innings in a loss to the Brewers on Friday.

Lackey gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Braun in the first inning, but he settled down from there. However, the Cubs failed to put up any offense against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers’ bullpen. Lackey fanned nine and walked two (one intentional) in the loss. He leads the NL with 33 homers allowed and owns a disappointing 4.65 ERA through 27 starts on the year.
Sep 9 - 12:18 AM

John Lackey was outstanding in Friday's victory over the Braves, scattering three hits over seven shutout innings.

Lackey racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. It was a much-needed strong start for the veteran right-hander after he was knocked around in each of his previous two outings. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.74 ERA and 1.30 WHIP when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Sep 1 - 7:30 PM

John Lackey gave up five runs -- four earned -- over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Phillies.

Lackey struck out eight batters and issued only one walk, but an ugly all-around fifth inning saddled the veteran right-hander with his 10th loss of the season. He'll carry a 4.98 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Braves.
Aug 27 - 5:22 PM

John Lackey surrendered six runs in five innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Reds.

The Cubs offense let Lackey off the hook tonight in his first bad start since the end of June. He had allowed three runs or fewer in seven straight starts, with the caveat that all of those outings were between five and six innings.
Aug 22 - 11:44 PM

John Lackey held the Reds to one run in six innings but had to settle for a no-decision on Wednesday.

He registered six strikeouts while issuing three walks and yielding just four knocks. He gave up a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and that was it. Unfortunately the Cubs' bullpen imploded after he left, costing him a well-deserved victory. His record holds at 10-9 with a 4.67 ERA in 23 starts.
Aug 17 - 12:49 AM

John Lackey allowed three earned runs, four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a win Friday in Arizona.

Lackey has won five straight starts to run his record to 10-9, going 5-0 with a 3.41 ERA during the solid span. Run support has also been a large part of his turnaround, as the Cubs offense is averaging 6.2 runs per game over the past five games he has pitched. He'll look to stay hot in his next start at home Wednesday against Homer Bailey and the Reds.
Aug 12 - 1:39 AM

John Lackey held the Nationals to three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Saturday for his ninth win of the season.

Lackey served up a solo homer to Bryce Harper in the top of the first but mostly settled in from there. He issued just one walk, struck out three, and scattered six hits over his five frames. The veteran right-hander is now 9-9 on the season with a 4.81 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 102/37 K/BB ratio in 119 2/3 innings. Up next for Lackey is a road start against the Diamondbacks.
Aug 5 - 6:00 PM

John Lackey surrendered two runs on five hits over six innings in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Lackey punched out seven batters and walked two on the afternoon. Domingo Santana burned him for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, but that would be all she wrote in terms of runs scored on the veteran right-hander's watch. Lackey will carry a 4.87 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 99/36 K/BB ratio (114 2/3 innings) into a home start against the Nationals next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 30 - 5:06 PM

John Lackey held the White Sox to two runs over five innings Tuesday for his seventh win of the season.

Lackey walked two batters and plunked four, but he operated well in situations that required damage control, inducing eight groundouts. The veteran right-hander is 7-9 on the season with a 4.97 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 92/34 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings. Up next is a road start against the Brewers.
Jul 25 - 6:17 PM

John Lackey allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks with just one strikeout over five innings Tuesday, but it was good enough for the victory in Atlanta.

Lackey continues to lack strikeouts, but he was crafty and able to pick up his first victory since June 18 in Pittsburgh. He also lowered his ERA for a second consecutive outing, inching it down slightly to 5.04. Lackey still has a lot of work to do before he can be trusted outside of NL-only fantasy formats, but a road win is a step in a positive direction.
Jul 19 - 3:04 AM

Cubs activated RHP John Lackey from the 10-day disabled list.

Lackey will return to the Cubs' rotation on Tuesday night in Atlanta after sitting out 12 days with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The veteran right-hander owns an ugly 5.20 ERA in 98 2/3 innings this season for the defending World Series champions. Eddie Butler was sent to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding roster move.
Jul 18 - 4:11 PM

John Lackey (foot) completed a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

Manager Joe Maddon seemed satisfied with his session and Lackey should be on track to return Tuesday against Atlanta. Lackey landed on the DL with plantar fasciitis prior to the All-Star break but it was never thought to be a serious injury. He's had a lousy year for the North Siders, posting a lackluster 5.20 ERA over 98 2/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 7:05 PM

Cubs placed RHP John Lackey on the 10-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

It's something that Lackey has been able to pitch through, but he wasn't going to start again until after the All-Star break and this frees up a roster spot for the Cubs' final series of the first half. That roster spot will be taken by Kyle Schwarber.
Jul 6 - 9:21 AM

John Lackey has been battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Lackey made his final start before the All-Star break on Wednesday, surrendering three runs in six innings of work against the Rays. There are no immediate plans to place the veteran hurler on the disabled list. The hope here would be that Lackey will be able to rest up over the next-week plus without needing to miss a start after the break.
Jul 5 - 6:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Alex Avila
3Rene Rivera
4Victor Caratini
5Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Ian Happ
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
3Leonys Martin
RF1Jason Heyward
2Mike Freeman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Jake Arrieta
4Kyle Hendricks
5John Lackey
6Jen-Ho Tseng
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Justin Wilson
4Pedro Strop
5Hector Rondon
6Koji Uehara
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Felix Pena
10Dillon Maples
11Rob Zastryzny
12Mike Montgomery