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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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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. Nov 2 - 7:47 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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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.
Oct 29 - 11:50 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.
Oct 20 - 12:12 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.
Oct 12 - 12:22 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.
Sep 27 - 11:34 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.
Sep 22 - 12:57 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.
Sep 16 - 5:59 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.
Sep 10 - 4:06 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.
Sep 4 - 12:17 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
Sep 2 - 12:37 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Cubs' rotation on Sunday against the Giants after getting through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues.

The Cubs won't officially name him Sunday's start until seeing how he feels Friday, but things are looking up. Lackey has missed the last two and a half weeks of action with a strained right shoulder.
Sep 1 - 5:35 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) could return from the disabled list Sunday versus the Giants.

Lackey threw a successful bullpen session Monday and will go through a similar workout Thursday. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since August 15 because of a minor shoulder strain. He holds a 3.41 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 156/43 K/BB ratio in 158 1/3 innings this season with the first-place Cubs.
Aug 30 - 6:26 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) will throw two bullpen sessions before rejoining the Cubs' rotation.

The first one will come on Monday. Mike Montgomery will make another start Wednesday in Lackey's place, but it sounds like the veteran right-hander might be ready to rejoin the Cubs' rotation by the end of this week. He's missed the last two weeks with a right shoulder strain.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Monday at Wrigley Field.

It will be his first time throwing off the bump since he suffered a right shoulder strain in his August 14 outing. Lackey will not be ready for his next turn on Wednesday, which means Mike Montgomery will get another start. It's unclear what the next step will be for Lackey after Monday.
Aug 28 - 9:45 AM

John Lackey (shoulder) is aiming to throw a bullpen session this weekend in Los Angeles.

Lackey had a good game of catch Tuesday in San Diego and will go through a similar workout Wednesday. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since August 19, retroactive to August 15, with a shoulder strain. The first-place Cubs can play it safe with Lackey and probably will do just that.
Aug 23 - 6:49 PM