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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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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

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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

John Lackey allowed just four hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in Tuesday's win in Game 2 against the Rockies.

Lackey threw 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes to even up his record at 3-3. It was easily his best effort of the season, as he had allowed three or more earned runs in five of his previous six outings. It's hard to believe his most efficient effort came in homer-happy Coors Field.
May 10 - 2:13 AM

John Lackey gave up three runs and nine hits in five innings Thursday against the Phillies.

Lackey struck out six and walked none, but he gave up his eighth homer in six starts. It's the entire explanation for his 5.14 ERA to date. His strikeout rate is exceptional, and he's actually getting more grounders than usual. However, the flyballs he's giving up have been going a long way. One imagines his luck will begin to even out.
May 4 - 7:08 PM

John Lackey allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings but earned the win Saturday against the Red Sox.

Lackey was far from dominant against his former team, serving up two homers among his eight hits allowed, but the Cubs offense supplied him with enough support to take home the win. The 38-year-old has now gone exactly six innings in each of his five starts, posting a 5.10 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in those outings. Lackey will have an easier task when he takes on the Phillies on Thursday.
Apr 29 - 9:50 PM

John Lackey fell to 1-3 after allowing seven runs -- five earned -- over six innings Sunday versus the Reds.

Lackey walked two and gave up six hits, including a home run to Scott Schebler in the bottom of the second inning. The veteran right-hander is off to a rough start this year, sporting a 4.88 ERA in 24 innings. He had a 3.35 ERA in 188 1/3 innings last year. A road start against the Red Sox is next.
Apr 23 - 3:40 PM

John Lackey gave up four earned runs over six innings Monday as the Cubs fell to the Brewers.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Jett Bandy hit a solo homer in the second inning, and Eric Thames cranked his seventh home run of the season -- a solo shot -- in the third inning. Lackey walked one, gave up seven total hits -- including those three homers -- and struck out only two. The 38-year-old right-hander will carry a 1-2 record and 4.00 ERA into his next start on the road against the Reds.
Apr 17 - 11:08 PM

John Lackey struck out 10 batters while yielding one run in six innings but was charged with a tough-luck loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

He gave up a home run to the first batter he faced leading off the game but settled down to throw six scoreless frames after that. He allowed four hits and three walks. Lackey deserved to win today but suffered from a rare lack of offense by the powerhouse Cubs lineup. He now owns a 3.00 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 12 innings. He offers his fantasy owners a very enticing two start week versus the Brewers and Reds next on the docket.
Apr 13 - 12:13 AM

John Lackey was charged with four runs -- three earned -- in six innings Thursday in a win over the Cardinals.

Lackey induced a thoroughly routine double-play ball that was set to end the first without any damage, but second baseman Ben Zobrist dropped the relay, resulting in no outs on the play. The Cardinals ended up with three runs, two of them "earned." Lackey was pretty clean the rest of the way, allowing only a single run in the fifth. He struck out seven, and he even went 2-for-2 at the plate.
Apr 6 - 5:38 PM

Wednesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals at Busch Stadium has been postponed due to rain.

Feel free to disregard our earlier lineup blurbs. Wednesday's game will be made up Thursday at 12:45 CT. John Lackey versus Lance Lynn had been the scheduled pitching matchup. That's the same matchup we'll see on Thursday.
Apr 5 - 11:23 AM

John Lackey unraveled Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics, surrendering seven hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 ineffective frames.

He struck out three and walked one. Lackey was spotted a five-run lead but couldn’t hold onto it, allowing two runs in the third and five more in the fourth. If it’s any consolation, only two of the seven hits he gave up went for extra bases. Wednesday certainly wasn’t how Lackey wanted to end the spring but he should be in for another strong season after earning a terrific 3.35 ERA over 29 starts for the Cubs in 2016.
Mar 29 - 7:29 PM

John Lackey gave up one run in six innings against the Indians on Friday.

Lackey held the Indians scoreless until Giovanny Urshela homered in his final inning of work. The veteran right-hander struck out five and walked one in his latest tune-up. He finds himself in line to start during the first series of the regular season against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Mar 24 - 6:52 PM

John Lackey said he's "more likely to pitch next year than not pitch."

Lackey has fielded dozens of retirement questions since arriving at spring training last month. Despite his age, Lackey is still pitching at a high level and claims that his body feels great. Lackey should return for at least one more season, but his contract with the Cubs expires after this year.
Mar 18 - 6:59 PM

John Lackey yielded one run over three innings against the Padres in his Cactus League start on Monday.

Lackey gave up three hits and a walk while also hitting a batter. The lone run scored on an odd play in the third inning after Willson Contreras hit Wil Myers in the back with a throw in the batter’s box while attempting to make a throw to third base. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.35 ERA over 29 starts during his first season in Chicago and remains a solid mid-rotation option in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 13 - 7:02 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Ian Happ
2Albert Almora
3Jon Jay
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
6Eddie Butler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Mike Montgomery
6Carl Edwards Jr.
7Brian Duensing
8Felix Pena