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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
Contract: view contract details
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John Lackey gave up one run in six innings against the Indians on Friday.
Lackey held the Indians scoreless until Giovanny Urshela homered in his final inning of work. The veteran right-hander struck out five and walked one in his latest tune-up. He finds himself in line to start during the first series of the regular season against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Mar 24 - 6:52 PM

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John Lackey said he's "more likely to pitch next year than not pitch."

Lackey has fielded dozens of retirement questions since arriving at spring training last month. Despite his age, Lackey is still pitching at a high level and claims that his body feels great. Lackey should return for at least one more season, but his contract with the Cubs expires after this year.
Mar 18 - 6:59 PM

John Lackey yielded one run over three innings against the Padres in his Cactus League start on Monday.

Lackey gave up three hits and a walk while also hitting a batter. The lone run scored on an odd play in the third inning after Willson Contreras hit Wil Myers in the back with a throw in the batter’s box while attempting to make a throw to third base. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.35 ERA over 29 starts during his first season in Chicago and remains a solid mid-rotation option in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 13 - 7:02 PM

John Lackey threw two scoreless innings in Tuesday's exhibition game against Team Italy.

Italy actually wound up beating the defending World Series champions, led by the offense of Daniel Descalso and Francisco Cervelli, but this was nothing more than a tuneup game for the WBC. Lackey did his job, yielding one hit but no walks in two efficient innings. He struck out one.
Mar 7 - 7:16 PM

John Lackey said he isn't thinking about retirement.

Lackey turned 38 in October but is coming off an outstanding year and seems to have plenty left in the tank. "I feel great," said Lackey. "I am just playing this year. At the end of the year, if I feel good, I will keep playing." The 15-year veteran will be a free agent after 2017.
Source: CBS Chicago
Mar 2 - 4:59 PM

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said that John Lackey and Hector Rondon will not pitch in Game 7 of the World Series.

Bosio expects starter Kyle Hendricks to pitch five or six innings and said that Jon Lester will most likely follow at some point as the Cubs try to get the game into the hands of Aroldis Chapman, who has been cleared to throw 40-45 pitches. Should the Hendricks-Lester-Chapman connection need a little assistance, Mike Montgomery, Carl Edwards and Travis Wood are the most likely to serve as bridge pieces out of the pen.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 07:47:00 PM

John Lackey scattered four hits, three runs (two earned) and one walk over five innings Saturday in the Cubs' loss to the Indians in Game 4 of the World Series.

He stacked up five strikeouts in the loss. Lackey was handed a lead when the Cubs scored off Corey Kluber in the first inning but it didn’t last for very long. Carlos Santana tied the score an inning later with a solo blast to right field before the Indians added another run on an RBI single by Kluber. The Tribe got to Lackey again in the third with back-to-back hits including an RBI single by Francisco Lindor. Lackey didn’t have his best stuff on Saturday, but at least he kept the game close. The Cubs will try to stave off elimination Sunday in Game 5. Jon Lester and Trevor Bauer are the scheduled starters.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 11:50:00 PM

John Lackey pitched well in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS, surrendering three hits over four-plus innings of two-run ball.

Lackey was visibly upset when manager Joe Maddon came out to relieve him with nobody out in the fifth inning. The veteran right-hander had walked the first two batters of the frame prior to Maddon's trot to the mound. Both of those runners would come around to score after he exited the contest. For the evening as a whole, Lackey struck out three and walked three while throwing 72 pitches (41 strikes). In two postseason starts, he has allowed five runs on 10 hits over eight innings.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 12:12:00 AM

John Lackey allowed three earned runs in four innings Tuesday in the Cubs' NLDS Game 4 win over the Giants.

Lackey gave up a run in the first inning on a Buster Posey RBI sac fly and two more in the fourth inning on a single and RBI groundout, exiting the game to a San Francisco lead. But the Cubs rallied for four runs in the ninth inning against the Giants bullpen to win the game and advance to the National League Championship Series. Lackey will again serve as the Cubs' fourth starter in that best-of-seven matchup. The opponent will either be the Dodgers or Nats.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 12:22:00 AM

John Lackey limited the Pirates to one run over five innings of work in a 6-4 victory on Tuesday.

It's just the third time in his last 12 starts that he's walked three-plus batters, but Lackey was able to keep the Pirates in check in spite of a little wildness. This was the veteran right-hander's final start of the regular season, as they'll give him a simulated game or something next week in preparation for his NLDS Game 4 (if there is one) start. Lackey will turn 38 next month but has put up arguably the best two seasons of his career in back-to-back campaigns.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:34:00 PM

John Lackey held the Reds to two runs in seven innings as the Cubs won 9-2 on Wednesday.

He was more efficient than dominant -- striking out four, walking one and giving up five hits on 87 pitches. Both runs came in the second inning when the Reds strung some hits together. Lackey came back after that and tossed zeroes for five more frames. He is now 10-8 with a nice 3.39 ERA in 183 1/3 innings. He missed a few starts in August due to a sore shoulder but has pitched well since returning and is seemingly healthy again.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:57:00 AM

John Lackey allowed three homers and four runs but struck out eight over seven frames to take a no-decision in Friday's 5-4 extra-innings win over the Brewers.

Ryan Braun, Scooter Gennett and Orland Arcia all took Lackey deep, but the three bombs resulted in only four runs. The veteran right-hander gave up nine hits total and walked a pair on the day. Lackey has pitched pretty well in three starts since returning from a shoulder injury, so it appears he'll be fine. He'll face the Cardinals in his next outing.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 05:59:00 PM

John Lackey pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Astros, allowing two runs on four hits over his six frames.

The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out five on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came in the third inning where Alex Bregman homered and Marwin Gonzalez plated a run with a sacrifice bunt. He'll carry a terrific 3.35 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into Friday's start against the Brewers.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 04:06:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP John Lackey from the 15-day disabled list.

Lackey will rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Giants after missing three weeks of action with a right shoulder strain. The veteran starter has put up a 3.41 ERA and 156/43 K/BB ratio over 158 1/3 innings for the Cubbies this season.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:17:00 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) has officially been cleared to rejoin the Cubs' rotation on Sunday against the Giants.

Lackey had no issues in a bullpen session Thursday, but the Cubs wanted to make sure he felt fine Friday before officially naming him the starter for Sunday. The veteran right-hander will have missed three weeks of action with a right shoulder strain.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 12:37:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3Ali Solis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
4Jemile Weeks
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
2Matt Szczur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Mike Montgomery
6Carl Edwards Jr.
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Duensing
9Caleb Smith
10Manny Parra
11Andury Acevedo
12Daniel Moskos
13Gerardo Concepcion