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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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 surrendered four earned runs in eight innings Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.
A rare stat line for an eight-inning outing. Lackey struck out eight but issued two walks and gave up six hits, including a home run to Ian Desmond in the top of the eighth inning. He's struggled now for more than a month, watching his season ERA rise from 2.63 on June 14 to 3.75 today. Lackey gets the Brewers on the road next. That's a nice chance for a bounceback. Jul 17 - 4:41 PM

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John Lackey coughed up five earned runs in six innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

Chicago won the game but didn't grab the lead for good until the top of the eighth inning. Lackey has struggled now in two straight starts, having surrendered five runs over six innings last Tuesday against the Reds. The 37-year-old right-hander is probably looking forward to the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 4:47 PM

John Lackey struggled in a losing effort against the Reds on Tuesday afternoon, giving up five runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

The veteran right-hander also issued five walks while striking out four on the day. The Reds got to him early, scoring at least once in each of the first four innings, including a two-run blast by Zack Cozart in the second. Lackey will look to get back on track when he closes out the first half on Sunday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Jul 5 - 5:31 PM

John Lackey allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings but settled for a no-decision Thursday against the Mets.

Lackey gave up a one-out single in the seventh inning, leading Cubs manager Joe Maddon to remove him at 101 pitches. A combination of Joel Peralta and Pedro Strop, aided by a Javier Baez error, managed to blow Lackey's lead later in the inning, leaving him winless since June 8. The veteran right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 107/29 K/BB ratio over 104 2/3 innings this year. He'll seek that elusive win Tuesday against the Reds.
Jun 30 - 11:42 PM

John Lackey surrendered seven runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Lackey was equal opportunity with his poor pitching, allowing runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings before being removed. That included a two-run home run to Justin Bour. Lackey also walked three while striking out five. The loss was Lackey's second straight to drop him to 7-4 on the year. The 37-year-old still owns a strong 3.29 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 102/27 K/BB ratio over 15 starts, and he'll try to get back on track Thursday against the Mets.
Jun 25 - 8:21 PM

John Lackey held the Nationals to two runs over six frames while striking out seven to take a no-decision in Tuesday's 4-3 win.

Lackey wasn't thrilled to be pulled in the seventh after hitting a batter and then giving up a double, but it looked like the right move at the time and Pedro Strop escaped with allowing just a sac fly. The 37-year-old has been brilliant since the beginning of May, posting a 1.72 ERA over nine starts. He'll try to keep it going against his former team, the Cardinals, at home the next time out.
Jun 14 - 10:47 PM

John Lackey fired seven scoreless innings Wednesday as the Cubs routed the Phillies 8-1.

Lackey cruised right through the Philadelphia batting order, yielding only three hits -- all singles -- while striking out eight and walking none. The veteran right-hander has been terrific for the Cubs this season, now with a 2.63 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 84/19 K/BB ratio in 82 innings. He gets the Nationals on the road next.
Jun 8 - 4:20 PM

John Lackey was terrific again Friday, punching out nine batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Diamondbacks.`

Lackey yielded only five hits -- all singles -- while walking two. He's now got his ERA under 3.00 (2.88) for the first time this season and also boasts a 0.97 WHIP and 76/19 K/BB ratio over 75 innings of work. The veteran right-hander looks like he's peaking in his late 30s. He'll have a good opportunity to keep it going next week in Philadelphia.
Jun 3 - 6:04 PM

John Lackey hurled seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Cubs' 7-2 win over the Phillies.

Lackey walked four but yielded only four hits and struck out six. The one run against him came on a Tyler Goeddel homer in the top of the seventh. Lackey now stands 5-2 with a 3.16 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 67/17 K/BB ratio through his first 68 1/3 innings with Chicago. He's looking like an offseason steal at two years, $32 million.
May 29 - 5:24 PM

John Lackey struck out nine while allowing three runs over seven frames to take a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

Lackey out-pitched Adam Wainwright, notching nine strikeouts while walking just one and allowing four hits. However, one of the hits was a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Matt Adams in the seventh inning. Lackey boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 frames on the season, as the 37-year-old looks like he has plenty left in the tank. He'll face the Phillies this weekend.
May 24 - 12:02 AM

John Lackey only allowed one run in six innings, striking out five, but ultimately settled for a no-decision in Wednesday’s extra-inning affair with the Brewers.

Lackey didn’t experience too much trouble in Wednesday’s start, but catcher David Ross helped immensely by catching a pair of potential base stealers and picking off Jonathan Lucroy at second base. On the mound, the right-hander now has four-consecutive quality starts and has only allowed six earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched. Lackey owns a 3.31 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.
May 19 - 1:12 AM

John Lackey took a hard-luck loss after limiting the Padres to one run and three hits in eight innings Wednesday.

Lackey struck out seven and walked none. He's given up four earned runs in 23 innings this month, lowering his ERA from 4.97 to 3.54.
May 11 - 11:05 PM

John Lackey recorded 11 strikeouts while holding the Nationals to two runs over seven innings in Friday's 8-6 victory.

The Nats got single tallies in the first (on an Anthony Rendon homer) and second (on a Max Scherzer single) innings, but Lackey cruised after that. It was a great outing made all the more impressive when you consider that the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field. Lackey has mixed in a couple clunkers among his six starts, so his ERA is still at 4.02. However, he boasts a 1.09 WHIP and 40/10 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings. The veteran righty will take on the Padres at home next week.
May 6 - 5:53 PM

John Lackey will start for the Cubs on Sunday against the Braves.

He had his scheduled start postponed on Saturday due to inclement weather. Jason Hammel will follow on Monday, with Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester to follow for the Cubbies.
Apr 30 - 11:51 AM

John Lackey allowed six runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Baseball is a funny game. After Lackey dominated the reigning NL Central champion Cardinals his last time out, the team expected to settle near the bottom of the division this year, the Reds, knocked him around. The loss was his first of 2016, dropping him to 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He's got a good shot at getting back in the win column Friday against the Braves.
Apr 23 - 10:49 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Mike Montgomery
5Trevor Cahill
6Travis Wood
7Adam Warren
8Clayton Richard
9Carl Edwards Jr.
10Joe Nathan
11Zac Rosscup