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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are among the teams interested in free agent right-hander John Lackey.
Rosenthal notes that the Giants are examining a "wide range of options." They are seen as a threat to land Zack Greinke, but Lackey would be a fine fallback. The veteran right-hander had a career-best 2.77 ERA across 33 starts this past season. He turned 37 in October, but should be able to land a two or three-year deal in free agency. Nov 24 - 3:05 PM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Red Sox have "inquired" about John Lackey.

Lackey won a World Series with Boston in 2013 before being swapped for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig at the following year's trade deadline. Boston's interest appears to be pretty limited as the Red Sox are hoping to land an ace like Zack Greinke or David Price. The Giants and Cubs have emerged as the favorites for Lackey while Cafardo says the Cardinals are "keeping their toes in the water."
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 21 - 9:58 PM

RHP John Lackey declined the Cardinals' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Lackey turned 37 last month, but he shouldn't have trouble netting a two- or perhaps three-year deal this offseason after putting up a 2.77 ERA across 33 starts in 2015. The Cardinals could consider bringing him back after they lost Lance Lynn (elbow).
Nov 13 - 5:22 PM

Cardinals extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to RHP John Lackey.

This one wasn't a given since Lackey just turned 37 and might not get more than a two-year contract in free agency. However, the veteran right-hander produced a 2.77 ERA across 33 starts in 2015, so St. Louis probably wouldn't be too upset should he wind up taking the offer even with their rotation already stocked. Ultimately, Lackey figures to reject the offer, which would give the Cardinals a draft pick.
Nov 6 - 11:25 AM

John Lackey was lifted from Tuesday's loss to the Cubs after allowing four runs over three innings of work.

It was an odd outing from Lackey. His stuff looked every bit as good as it did in his Game 1 win, but he made a couple huge mistakes in the second inning and it cost him dearly. The first was allowing a two-out RBI single to pitcher Jason Hammel, and he then left a fastball up to Javier Baez on his next pitch and Baez smacked an opposite-field, three-run homer. Lackey will turn 37 later this month but will surely attract plenty of free agent interest after a fantastic season.
Oct 13 - 8:34 PM

John Lackey will start Game 4 of the NLDS for the Cardinals against the Cubs Tuesday on short rest.

Manager Mike Matheny ultimately didn't like the chances of his other options (Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Tyler Lyons) sending the series back to St. Louis, so he'll go with the reliable veteran on three days' rest. Lackey has made two postseason starts on short rest in his career, producing a 1.69 ERA. He'll oppose Jason Hammel.
Oct 12 - 9:51 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's possible the Cardinals will start John Lackey in Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest.

That's if they lose Game 3 and are facing elimination. For the record, manager Mike Matheny has said Lance Lynn is still currently "penciled" in to start Game 4, but he also said they "have options." Lackey has made two postseason starts on three days' rest in his career and has a 1.69 ERA in those outings.
Oct 11 - 2:55 PM

John Lackey was in complete command on Friday, limiting the Cubs to just two singles and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cardinals grabbed Game 1 of the NLDS.

The veteran right-hander punched out five on the night. No stranger to the bright lights of the postseason, the 36-year-old hurler was tabbed to start Game 1 after improbably delivering his finest season as a professional. He didn't disappoint on Friday, baffling Cubs hitters the entire evening before leaving to a standing ovation in the eighth inning. He'll get the ball again should the series go to a decisive fifth game.
Oct 9 - 9:41 PM

John Lackey will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

He's the natural choice, especially with Carlos Martinez (shoulder) done for the season. Lackey posted a career-best 2.77 ERA over 32 starts this season. He'll face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game between the Cubs and Pirates.
Oct 7 - 1:30 PM

John Lackey allowed three runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

Lackey was undone by a couple bloop RBI singles in the first inning and then hung a curveball to Adonis Garcia in the fourth that Garcia put over the fence. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone in what was just a tune-up outing as the Cardinals prepare for the postseason. Lackey finishes the year with a fantastic 2.77 ERA across 33 starts.
Oct 4 - 3:34 PM

Saturday's Cardinals/Braves game has been postponed due to rain.

They'll play a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game beginning at 1 PM ET. The second game will begin a half hour after the first. Saturday's probables, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, will pitch Sunday instead. Lackey leads the Cardinals in ERA this season at 2.69.
Oct 3 - 10:34 PM

John Lackey pitched well in earning a no-decision in Sunday's contest with the Brewers, yielding just one run on five hits over seven innings.

The lone run to score against Lackey came in the second inning, when Khris Davis mashed a solo homer off the veteran right-hander. He deserved better than a no-decision and would have picked up the win had it not been for a monstrous seven-run ninth turned in by the Brewers. Sad puppy no-decision aside, Lackey--like every Cardinals starter--has been brilliant this season. He'll carry a 2.69 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into a road start against the Braves next weekend as he gears up for a postseason run.
Sep 27 - 5:39 PM

John Lackey allowed one run over seven innings, striking out seven, in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Lackey gave up nine hits on the evening, but Jay Bruce's solo home run in the first inning was the only damage on the scoreboard. It was Lackey's sixth straight quality start and the third in a row in which he's thrown seven innings with two runs or fewer allowed. With the win, Lackey improved to 13-9 with a 2.74 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 31 starts. He'll next toe the rubber Sunday against the Brewers.
Sep 23 - 1:12 AM

John Lackey tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight Brewers in a victory Thursday.

Lackey had a streak of 12 straight quality starts snapped when he gave up four earned runs in six innings against the Padres on Aug. 21. He's responded to that by bouncing back with five more quality starts in a row. He deserves better than a 12-9 record given his 2.79 ERA while pitching for baseball's best team.
Sep 17 - 11:28 PM

John Lackey was handed a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over seven innings against the Reds.

Lackey matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts in the outing. The veteran right-hander allowed seven hits (including a home run) while walking three batters. It was his 15th quality start in his last 16 turns. He'll bring a career-best 2.89 ERA into a start against the Brewers next week.
Sep 12 - 1:26 PM

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