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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
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John Lackey allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.
Those two runs crossed the plate on a triple by Cubs starter Jake Arrieta in bottom of the fourth inning. Lackey was otherwise pretty effective, striking out eight batters over his six-plus frames. He should be a member of the Cardinals' postseason rotation. Sep 24 - 10:50 PM

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John Lackey returned to form Friday by allowing just six hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings as part of a 2-1 victory over the Reds.

Lackey's last turn in the rotation was skipped after he complained of a dead arm, but he bounced back nicely Friday by holding the Reds to six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. The Reds' offense isn't scaring anyone these days, but it was an encouraging performance. He'll look to keep it going next week against the Cubs.
Sep 20 - 12:06 AM

John Lackey (arm) is scheduled to pitch in Friday's series-opener against the Reds.

Lackey was skipped from his last turn after complaining of arm fatigue, but he felt better after a side session on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander has an ugly 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining the Cardinals.
Sep 17 - 5:54 PM

John Lackey (arm) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.

Lackey was skipped from his last turn in the Cardinals' starting rotation due to a case of dead arm, but he is in line to return Friday and is expected to do just that. The veteran right-hander owns a rough 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining St. Louis.
Sep 16 - 5:10 PM

John Lackey admitted Sunday that he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

It's not a surprise given that Lackey's velocity and results have been down in recent outings. The Cardinals are skipping his next turn in the rotation in hopes that he'll be able to regain his form next weekend.
Sep 14 - 12:56 PM

The Cardinals have elected to skip John Lackey's next turn in the rotation.

Lackey's velocity has been down and he's struggled in his last three outings, so the Cards will give him some extra rest. They'll go with Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller on regular rest against the Brewers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Lackey will take the ball next weekend versus the Reds.
Sep 14 - 11:20 AM

John Lackey was ejected in the third inning of Wednesday's start against the Reds for arguing balls and strikes.

Lackey was apparently displeased with home plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone, and his thoughts weren't appreciated. Lackey had allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work before being tossed. Tyler Lyons replaced him on the mound.
Sep 10 - 8:05 PM

John Lackey was once again hit hard in a losing effort against the Brewers on Friday, allowing six runs on nine hits over his six frames.

Lackey struck out six and walked just one on the evening. A two-run homer from Khris Davis in the sixth inning was the biggest blow against him. It has been a tough go for the veteran right-hander since putting on a Cardinals uniform, registering a 4.87 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over his first seven starts. He'll look to turn things around when he does battle against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Sep 5 - 11:24 PM

John Lackey allowed five runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Cubs on Sunday.

The Cubs put up five runs in the second inning, aided by Lackey's throwing error that plated the first run, but he settled down to hold them in check for the rest of his afternoon. Lackey walked just one while striking out six in the game. He wasn't around for the team's come-from-behind win, leaving his record at 13-8 with a 3.74 ERA on the year. He's got a big divisional contest with the Brewers on tap for Friday.
Aug 31 - 6:54 PM

John Lackey pitched seven innings of one-run ball for the victory as the Cardinals edged the Pirates 3-2 on Monday.

Lackey was pitching from behind for most of the outing, but the Cards came through with three runs in the top of the seventh to earn him his first win since Aug. 3. He's 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts for St. Louis.
Aug 25 - 10:17 PM

John Lackey allowed four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday.

Lackey cruised through the Reds order the first time, fanning five while facing the minimum, but a single and a two-run homer by Todd Frazier got the Reds on the board in the fourth. Two errors added the two unearned runs in the sixth inning, and Lackey wouldn't factor in the team's come-from-behind victory. It was a largely positive outing, as Lackey struck out seven while allowing just four hits and a walk on the night. He's been good in three of his four starts since joining the Cardinals, and he'll take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Aug 20 - 12:17 AM

John Lackey bounced back from his previous start, allowing only two runs over seven innings, but got a no-decision in Thursday's win against the Padres.

Lackey was torched for nine runs in five innings on Saturday, his second start with his new club. Thursday's effort was worlds better, as he allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five. In 19 innings with the Cardinals, Lackey has a 6.16 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and a 12/5 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Reds on Tuesday at home next.
Aug 14 - 11:30 PM

John Lackey was bombed for nine earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Orioles.

Lackey didn't enjoy his first trip back to an American League East park, yielding 13 hits -- three of which were long home runs. The right-hander was sharp in his Cardinals debut last weekend and should bounce back next Thursday in St. Louis against the Padres.
Aug 9 - 7:09 PM

John Lackey allowed two runs over seven innings against the Brewers to earn his first win as a member of the Cardinals on Sunday.

Lackey trailed all afternoon after allowing two early runs, but he blanked the Brewers over his final five innings to keep the game close. The right-hander gave up seven hits while striking out four in the start. The move to the National League and pitching for a better team certainly help his value over the next two months. Despite recently joining the NL Central, Lackey will revisit his AL East days with an interleague tilt against the Orioles on tap for Saturday.
Aug 3 - 6:29 PM

John Lackey will make his Cardinals' debut on Sunday versus the Brewers.

That means he won't have to face the Red Sox next week. The Cardinals will push Lance Lynn back a couple days to face Boston on Tuesday.
Aug 1 - 5:37 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Oscar Taveras
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson
10Tyler Lyons
11Nick Greenwood
12Marco Gonzales
13Samuel Tuivailala