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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

John Lackey dominated his former team with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout frames in Monday's 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.

Lackey ran into some trouble in the fifth inning, but he struck out Mike Leake and Matt Carpenter to end the frame and the threat. The grizzled veteran allowed only three hits on the night and issued just one walk (which was to Carpenter to lead off the bottom of the first). Lackey has strung together two good starts after a clunker of a debut and will take a 3-0 record and 22/5 K/BB ratio into Cincinnati this weekend.
Apr 18 - 11:01 PM

John Lackey pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball as the Cubs beat the Reds 9-2 on Wednesday.

Lackey also had a fine night at the plate, picking up his sixth career RBI and later his fifth career walk (in 141 plate appearances). Lackey has a 5.68 ERA after two starts, but he's 2-0.
Apr 13 - 11:36 PM

John Lackey scuffled through six innings in Thursday's 14-6 win over the Diamondbacks, yielding six runs on eight hits.

Lackey struck out four and walked one. Jean Segura got his night off to a rocky start, burning him for a solo home run to open the bottom of the first inning. Later in the frame, Jake Lamb would notch a two-run single off the veteran. Segura would pull off an inside-the-park home run in the second inning, while a David Peralta RBI triple and Lamb sacrifice fly in the third would finish off the scoring on Lackey's line. While Thursday's start was less-than-encouraging, we expect the new Cubbie starter to post dependable -- if unspectacular -- fantasy numbers in 2016.
Apr 8 - 1:14 AM

John Lackey pitched in a minor league game on Monday.

Lackey was very efficient, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six batters. The important thing is that he got stretched out to around 70 pitches. The veteran right-hander is rounding into form for the start of the regular season.
Mar 21 - 5:34 PM

John Lackey allowed two runs on six hits over five innings in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

Lackey was making his second start of the spring. He struck out four without walking a batter. The veteran right-hander inked a two-year, $32 million free agent deal with the Cubbies in early December as the team looks to continue to build toward a World Series berth. Last season with the rival Cardinals, he held a 2.77 ERA across 33 starts. Even if he can't replicate that strong number -- it was the best ERA of his career -- he should prove to be a reliable arm on the north side of Chicago.
Mar 16 - 7:50 PM

John Lackey yielded three runs over three innings in his Cubs debut Friday against the Reds.

Not the smoothest debut, but the results don't matter at this point. Lackey allowed five hits (including a long solo homer by Jose Peraza) while walking one and striking out four. The veteran right-hander is unlikely to duplicate the 2.77 ERA he had with the Cardinals in 2015, but he should make for a sturdy option behind Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester in Chicago's rotation.
Mar 11 - 6:25 PM

Cubs signed RHP John Lackey to a two-year, $32 million contract

The Cubs were expected to throw big money at someone like David Price or Jordan Zimmermann this winter, but Lackey is a pretty good fallback at considerably less money. The 37-year-old posted a 2.77 ERA over 33 starts this past season and should be a fine No. 3 behind Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester in Chicago.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:36:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that John Lackey and the Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $32 million.

The Lackey-to-Cubs rumors have been simmering and now it appears the two sides have crossed the finish line, as Rosenthal says only a physical stands in the way of it becoming official. Lackey is a good bet to regress after putting up a 2.77 ERA across 33 starts this past season, but it's not a bad price to pay for the Cubs on a short contract. They'll have to forfeit their first-round pick, as Lackey was extended a qualifying offer last month.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 05:19:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cubs "are pretty hot" on John Lackey right now.

Brown says the two sides are discussing two- and three-year contracts. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Friday John Lackey was "becoming increasingly attractive" to the Cubs, so it sounds like something could get done here before long. They've been connected to the veteran right-hander since early on in the offseason. The Giants are also in on Lackey.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:33:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that John Lackey "is becoming increasingly attractive" to the Cubs on a two-year contract.

The report comes just after one that stated the Cubs have become turned off by Jeff Samardzija's asking price. The Cubs' pursuit of Lackey is helped by them having the righty's friend Jon Lester on their team, but there are other clubs interested, including the Giants.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 11:59:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 03:05:00 PM

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
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 09:58:00 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).
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 05:22:00 PM

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C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Adam Warren
6Neil Ramirez
7Travis Wood
8Zac Rosscup
9Clayton Richard
10Spencer Patton