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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
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John Lackey allowed three runs over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.
All three of the runs allowed by Lackey came in a big first inning for the Reds, as they managed five hits against the right-hander in the frame. He gave up six hits and walked two while striking out five in total. Lackey dropped to 9-7 with the loss -- his second straight to the Reds, and the second in a row at the hands of Anthony DeSclafani. Lackey will carry a 2.85 ERA and 1.19 WHIP into Sunday's start at the Brewers. Aug 4 - 9:56 PM

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John Lackey took a tough loss after allowing just one run and two hits over eight innings Wednesday against the Reds.

Anthony DeSclafini was just a little better. Lackey was at 88 pitches and probably could have gone for the complete-game loss tonight if the Cardinals hadn't needed to pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the eighth. He's now 9-6 with a 2.78 ERA.
Jul 30 - 12:18 AM

John Lackey yielded two runs in seven innings in defeating the Royals on Thursday.

This makes eight straight outings in which Lackey has pitched at least 6 2/3 innings and allowed no more than two runs. For the season, he's given up just 10 homers in 131 1/3 innings, well down from the 24 he allowed in 198 innings last year or the 26 he gave up in 189 1/3 innings in 2013. His ERA stands at 2.88.
Jul 23 - 10:58 PM

John Lackey limited the Mets to one run over seven innings Saturday in a Cardinals victory.

Lackey was staked to a big early lead and went into cruise control, scattering 10 hits and a walk over his seven strong frames. The only run the Mets scored against him came on a sixth-inning Michael Cuddyer homer. Lackey will carry an 8-5 record and 2.90 ERA into his next start at home against the Braves.
Jul 18 - 10:30 PM

John Lackey hurled seven shutout innings to earn the win against the Cubs on Monday.

Opposing starter Jon Lester was attempting to throw a no-hitter, but Lackey was still able to outlast him. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk while striking out four. Aside from one horrific start on June 8, Lackey has been brilliant this season, sporting a 3.09 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and an 81/27 K/BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings. He makes one more first half start in Pittsburgh against the Pirates ahead of the All-Star break.
Jul 7 - 12:14 AM

John Lackey allowed two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

Lackey allowed eight hits and three walks, so the Cubs had their share of chances, but he managed to keep the damage to a minimum and keep the Cardinals in the ballgame. He struck out five in the no-decision. The veteran right-hander had a really rough outing in Coors Field earlier this month, but he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three straight starts since. He'll carry a 3.35 ERA into a start against the Padres next week at home.
Jun 27 - 12:32 AM

John Lackey hurled seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Cardinals' rout of the Phillies.

Lackey allowed only five hits and two walks in the sharp, efficient outing. The one run he gave up was on a Cody Asche solo shot in the bottom of the second inning. Lackey is now 6-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 14 starts this season. Not bad from a guy who's making the major league minimum.
Jun 20 - 10:13 PM

John Lackey held the Twins to just two runs across eight innings in Monday's 3-2 victory.

He gave up just five hits, walked one and struck out six. In case you needed any more evidence that a start in Coors Field should basically be discounted, Lackey was terrific before last week's Coors outing and was again on point Monday. He'll bring a 3.59 ERA into Philadelphia this weekend.
Jun 16 - 12:40 AM

John Lackey was taken to the cleaners by the Rockies on Monday, surrendering 10 runs (eight earned) in four innings.

We're willing to write off this start as Lackey was at Coors Field and was mostly victimized by the hot-hitting Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado. The Rockies scored five runs off of him in the first inning and plated five more in the fourth. Lackey allowed 12 hits overall, but walked none and struck out five. Despite the horrific outing, Lackey still maintains a productive 3.74 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and a 57/18 K/BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings. He'll try to rebound at home against the Royals in his next start.
Jun 8 - 11:30 PM

John Lackey held the Brewers to three runs over seven innings Wednesday in a Cardinals victory.

Lackey was staked to a five-run lead after the first inning and went into cruise control, scattering 10 hits and one walk over his seven frames. He struck out five. Lackey will carry a 4-3 record, 2.93 ERA, and 1.19 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Rockies. He has a strong 52/18 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings.
Jun 3 - 4:35 PM

John Lackey fired seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

Lackey was nothing short of excellent, allowing just five hits (all of them singles) and one walk while striking out nine batters. The veteran right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts and now has a 2.83 ERA on the year. Not bad for a guy who is making the major league minimum salary. He'll try to keep it going against the Brewers at home next week.
May 29 - 11:44 PM

John Lackey surrendered three runs over five innings in a rain-shortened loss to the Royals on Saturday.

The tarp was rolled out onto the field in the middle of the sixth inning, at which point Lackey had thrown 68 pitches. He likely would have been able to last another inning or two if the game hadn't been called. As is, he struck out two and walked two while allowing six hits over his five innings. Alex Gordon burned him for a two-run homer in the second inning. The other run came in the form of an RBI single by Salvador Perez in the fourth. Lackey's pitched very well for the Cardinals this season and boasts a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 38/16 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings, numbers which he'll take into a (hopefully dry) series with the Dodgers in his next start.
May 23 - 10:19 PM

John Lackey held the Mets to one run in seven innings in a no-decision on Monday as the Cardinals lost in 14 innings.

Lackey allowed the lone run in the fourth inning when Lucas Duda hit an RBI single to center field. He pitched well enough to win, but Matt Harvey was just a little bit better. Lackey gave up only three hits without issuing a walk while striking out six. The veteran now has a 2.96 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 36/14 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll face the Royals in Kansas City next.
May 18 - 11:38 PM

John Lackey allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

Lackey opened the game issuing back-to-back walks and wound up allowing two runs to the Tribe in that opening frame. He settled in from there, but the veteran right-hander was thoroughly out-dueled by Indians ace Corey Kluber, who struck out 18 batters and yielded just one hit over his eight frames. Lackey will carry a strong 3.22 ERA into his next start on the road against the Mets.
May 13 - 9:33 PM

John Lackey fired 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball Thursday in the Cardinals' 5-1 defeat of the Cubs.

Lackey was fantastic, scattering five hits and one walk over his 7 2/3 frames while striking out 10. He left to a standing ovation in the top of the eighth. The veteran right-hander is now 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 28/9 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings this season. And he's only making the major league minimum. Lackey gets the Indians on the road next time out.
May 7 - 4:53 PM

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