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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 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

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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

John Lackey took the loss on Monday against the Phillies, giving up three runs in seven innings of work.

All three runs scored with two outs in the seventh inning as Ben Revere knocked in a pair with a ground-rule double and Odubel Herrera then plated Revere with a single. Overall, Lackey surrendered nine hits and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander will take his 4.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 14/5 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings into next weekend's home start against the Pirates.
Apr 27 - 11:08 PM

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and John Lackey agreed in spring training to an incentives package that could push the pitcher's total earnings in 2015 past $2 million.

Strauss adds that "neither Lackey, the club, MLB nor the players union has announced the amendment," which is based around the number of appearances the right-hander makes. Lackey base salary this season is just $507,500 due to a contract stipulation he agreed to with the Red Sox which kicked in when he had Tommy John surgery. The Cards were under no obligation to sweeten his deal, but doing so modestly to keep the veteran more motivated is probably a wise move.
Apr 26 - 12:41 PM

John Lackey picked up a no-decision on Wednesday, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals.

Lackey was hurt by the Nationals' five-run third inning, capped off by a bases-clearing double by Yunel Escobar. Overall, he allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Lackey has had two mediocre starts and one superb start to begin the 2015 season. He'll bring his 4.34 ERA into his next outing at home against the weak-hitting Phillies.
Apr 22 - 10:34 PM

John Lackey fired seven innings of scoreless ball Thursday in the Cardinals' 4-0 blanking of the Brewers.

Lackey absolutely cruised in the matinee at Busch Stadium, scattering five singles and a walk over his seven shutout frames. He struck out eight Milwaukee hitters and came away with his first win of the season. The veteran right-hander should remain a good source of victories, ERA, and strikeouts all year on another good Cardinals team. And he's making just $507,000. Lackey gets the Nationals on the road in his next turn through the St. Louis rotation.
Apr 16 - 4:55 PM

John Lackey was handed a no-decision Friday after giving up four runs over six innings against the Reds.

Lackey was pretty good against everybody not named Joey Votto, who slugged a pair of two-run homers. He walked two and struck out one in his season debut. The veteran right-hander had a 3.82 ERA across 31 starts between Boston and St. Louis last season and remains a useful starter in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 10 - 10:38 PM

John Lackey completed seven innings and allowed just one run as a Cardinals split-squad beat the Mets 5-4 on Friday.

Lackey tends to have lousy spring numbers most years, but this gets his ERA down to 3.77 for now. Barring an ugly outing next week, he'll finished under 5.00 for just the third time since 2006.
Mar 27 - 4:51 PM

John Lackey was perfect for three innings on Monday, striking out four in the Cardinals' 1-0 defeat of the Tigers.

Lackey cruised in this one, throwing just 37 pitches in his first official outing of the spring. The Cardinals are taking it easy with their veteran starters in the early going, but Lackey should still be ready to throw 100 pitches come the first week of the season.
Mar 16 - 4:54 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday in Jupiter, Florida that restructuring John Lackey's contract is not a front-burner issue.

Lackey is due just $507,500 in 2015 on a club option that was added to the end of his five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Red Sox following his 2011 Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals may throw some performance incentives on top of that MLB-minimum salary, but it doesn't sound like an extension is coming. "Obviously, the compensation for 2015 was attractive to us," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "In terms of trying to change that structure, I don’t know if both parties are going to find there’s a very desirable reason to do that, considering the opportunities that might exist for him entering his free agent year."
Feb 19 - 9:19 AM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak will meet with the agent for John Lackey at next week's Winter Meetings to discuss reworking the right-hander's contract for 2015.

Lackey is due to make the major league minimum on a club option that was added to the end of his five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2011. The Cardinals will likely throw some performance-based bonuses on top of the base $507,500 salary. Lackey said in July that he fully intends to honor the option, but Mozeliak wisely wants to ensure that the 36-year-old stays motivated.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Cardinals exercised RHP John Lackey's $500,000 club option for 2015.

The MLB-minimum option was added to Lackey's five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in October 2011, and Lackey told the Cardinals this summer that he fully intends to honor it. Lackey turned 36 years old last week and wasn't exactly dominant after the trade that sent him from Boston to St. Louis, but it's obviously still a heck of a bargain.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 02:36:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva
8Mitch Harris
9Miguel Socolovich