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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
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John Lackey allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks with just one strikeout over five innings Tuesday, but it was good enough for the victory in Atlanta.
Lackey continues to lack strikeouts, but he was crafty and able to pick up his first victory since June 18 in Pittsburgh. He also lowered his ERA for a second consecutive outing, inching it down slightly to 5.04. Lackey still has a lot of work to do before he can be trusted outside of NL-only fantasy formats, but a road win is a step in a positive direction. Jul 19 - 3:04 AM

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Cubs activated RHP John Lackey from the 10-day disabled list.

Lackey will return to the Cubs' rotation on Tuesday night in Atlanta after sitting out 12 days with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The veteran right-hander owns an ugly 5.20 ERA in 98 2/3 innings this season for the defending World Series champions. Eddie Butler was sent to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding roster move.
Jul 18 - 4:11 PM

John Lackey (foot) completed a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

Manager Joe Maddon seemed satisfied with his session and Lackey should be on track to return Tuesday against Atlanta. Lackey landed on the DL with plantar fasciitis prior to the All-Star break but it was never thought to be a serious injury. He's had a lousy year for the North Siders, posting a lackluster 5.20 ERA over 98 2/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 7:05 PM

Cubs placed RHP John Lackey on the 10-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

It's something that Lackey has been able to pitch through, but he wasn't going to start again until after the All-Star break and this frees up a roster spot for the Cubs' final series of the first half. That roster spot will be taken by Kyle Schwarber.
Jul 6 - 9:21 AM

John Lackey has been battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Lackey made his final start before the All-Star break on Wednesday, surrendering three runs in six innings of work against the Rays. There are no immediate plans to place the veteran hurler on the disabled list. The hope here would be that Lackey will be able to rest up over the next-week plus without needing to miss a start after the break.
Jul 5 - 6:00 PM

John Lackey allowed three earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Rays.

Lackey gave up single tallies in the first, third, and sixth, but it was a fine overall outing and the Cubs rallied late to grab a 7-3 victory from the visiting Rays. Lackey didn't walk a batter and struck out three, scattering two doubles and four singles. He'll bring a 5.20 ERA into the All-Star break.
Jul 5 - 5:34 PM

John Lackey was shelled for eight runs in 5 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

He gave up nine hits and two walks and managed only two strikeouts. He gave up solo home runs to Anthony Rendon, Matt Wieters and Daniel Murphy. He also walked in a run in the Nationals' four-run second inning. Lackey falls to 5-9 with a 5.24 ERA after 16 starts. The 38-year-old has been markedly less effective this year than he was the last several seasons. His velocity has declined but the biggest culprit has been the longball -- he has surrendered 24 dingers already this year. He has given up more than that in a full season just three times in his 16-year career.
Jun 28 - 11:34 PM

John Lackey logged a quality start in Friday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits over six strong innings.

The crafty right-hander struck out four and walked two in the ballgame. He gave up a solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the third inning and allowed the Marlins to scratch out an unearned run in the sixth. After two straight terrific outings, Lackey will carry a 4.74 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Nationals in Washington.
Jun 23 - 9:57 PM

John Lackey was terrific in Sunday's victory over the Pirates, surrendering just one run on two hits over his six frames.

The veteran right-hander also issued three walks while punching out four. The only blemish on his day came on a solo blast off the bat of Jordy Mercer in the fifth inning. Lackey has been highly inconsistent this season, registering a 4.98 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 77/26 K/BB ratio across 81 1/3 innings. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Marlins in Miami on Friday.
Jun 18 - 4:40 PM

John Lackey wasn't at his best on Monday, serving up three home runs in a losing effort against the Mets in New York.

The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on six hits and a pair of walks over his five innings of work. All of the damage against him was done via the long ball, with Asdrubal Cabrera swatting a pair of solo homers and Jay Bruce adding a two-run blast. Now 4-7 on the season, Lackey will carry a disappointing 5.26 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into Sunday's start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Jun 12 - 9:37 PM

John Lackey coughed up five runs in six innings to take a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

He struck out six batters without walking anyone, but he gave up seven hits -- two of which left the yard. He falls to 4-6 with an unsightly 5.12 ERA after 12 starts. His peripherals are much better. He has 72 strikeouts and 21 walks in 70 1/3 innings. He lines up for starts against the Mets and Pirates next week.
Jun 8 - 12:42 AM

John Lackey gave up two runs across seven innings of work in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Lackey served up a leadoff home run to former teammate Dexter Fowler and allowed another single tally in the second inning, but he shut the Cards down after that. He didn't give up a single hit after the second, completing his seven frames in 99 pitches. It was Lackey's first quality start since May 9. He'll take on the Marlins next.
Jun 2 - 5:44 PM

John Lackey allowed five earned runs, six hits and four walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a loss at L.A. Dodgers on Saturday.

Lackey entered with a 1.73 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, lowest against any single opponent, but L.A. certainly put a dent in that number. Kike Hernandez delivered a double against the veteran, while Chris Taylor left the yard for a 2-run homer. The right-hander threw just 58 of his 95 pitches for strikes as his ERA shot up to 5.18.
May 28 - 12:45 AM

John Lackey is set to face the Dodgers in Saturday's start in Los Angeles.

Lackey has posted a 1.73 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, lowest against any single opponent. He lost his first appearance against L.A. on April 12, but allowed just one run and four hits with a season-best 10 strikeouts over six innings. Lackey has posted an 8.00 ERA in the first inning this season and a 4.15 ERA from the second inning and after.
May 27 - 1:58 AM

John Lackey was pounded for five earned runs over five innings Monday in the Cubs' loss to the Giants.

Lackey served up a solo home run to Joe Panik in the top of the first inning and his night didn't get much better from there. The veteran starter yielded seven hits in all and walked two batters while striking out six. He'll bring a disappointing 4-4 record and 4.82 ERA into his next scheduled start on the road against the Dodgers.
May 22 - 11:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Ian Happ
CF1Albert Almora
2Jon Jay
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Jake Arrieta
4Kyle Hendricks
5John Lackey
6Mike Montgomery
7Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Hector Rondon
6Justin Grimm
7Brian Duensing
8Felix Pena