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41 John Lackey SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/235 | Birthdate: 10/23/1978 | Birthplace: Abilene, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: Grayson County College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $15,950,000 | Owned/Started%: 84/63 | Average Draft Position: 189.01
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Cards' Mike Matheny, John Lackey clear the air after Monday's outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and pitcher John Lackey cleared any tension that lingered over from Monday's seven-inning outing, per MLB.com.

Lackey, who spent 12-plus years in the American League before making his National League debut this season, was visibly frustrated after he was pulled out in favor of a pinch hitter in the eighth inning after tossing only 76 pitches because the team down a run with six outs remaining.

"You hate to ever insult a guy and give him the obvious [explanation that he can't hit], but it is obviously different," Matheny said. "I would say if that was an American League game that I'd be hoping he was still pitching in the 14th. But it wasn't. And we have to do what's best for everybody."

Lackey told reporters that he understands Matheny's decision to pull him out, though he wasn't pleased with it during the game.

"He gets where I'm coming from," Lackey said. "I get where he's coming from. Everything is fine. ... If Peter [Bourjos] gets on base, he can steal two bags. If I get on base, what the [heck] am I going to do? Stand there?"


Cardinals pitcher John Lackey strikes out six in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of work in St. Louis' 2-1 loss to the Mets in 14 innings on Monday, but did not factor into the decision.

Lackey had just one blemish on his outing. He allowed a leadoff double to Curtis Granderson. Then, after a groundout advanced him to third, Lackey allowed an RBI single to Lucas Duda. Lackey struck out six and did not surrender a walk in the contest.

"You couldn't ask any more from anybody," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "He was good. He had life on the fastball. He was spotting right from the start, just making good pitches and making them come to him. He was not making mistakes. The only blemish there was we had an opportunity to kind of get around Duda, and he ends up making us pay. It's unfortunate."

Lackey, who remains 2-2, lowered his ERA to 2.96 in 51 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back in the win column on Saturday against the Royals.


Cardinals pitcher John Lackey has rough outing Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work in St. Louis' 2-0 loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

Lackey struggled in the first inning when he walked the first two batters he faced. Then Brandon Moss singled in a run. Then, David Murphy singled home another run. Lackey totaled five walks and just two strikeouts in the start.

Lackey, now 2-2, moved his ERA to 3.22 in 44 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Monday against the Mets.


Cardinals mull six-man rotation, prefer Garcia to Gonzales


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Cardinals are considering moving to a six-man rotation to help battle the loss of ace Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s not something we would rule out," general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday. "It’s something we’ve talked about, but we haven’t decided if that’s the best option for us. It’s something I think a lot about, and I know (manager) Mike (Matheny) and (pitching coach Derek Lilliquist) do too. It’s on the table."

With Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez not being ticketed for 200-inning seasons, the team is considering whether to roll out a six-man rotation or to go with a five-man rotation and periodically skip starts of the two younger pitchers while giving others spot starts in their place. However, a six-man rotation could throw off the routines of Lance Lynn and John Lackey. If the team does opt for a five-man rotation, Jaime Garcia is the preferred long-term option over Marco Gonzales.

"If Jaime is good to go, we’ll try to find a spot in the rotation for him," Mozeliak said. "When he’s been healthy, Jaime has been a very good pitcher."

Garcia is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Sunday.


Cardinals RHP John Lackey overwhelms Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Most 36-year-old starting pitchers have slowed considerably or retired. Cardinals right-hander John Lackey appears to be getting better with age.

He showed that again Thursday afternoon by shutting down the Cubs. Lackey allowed just one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings while walking one and striking out a season-high 10, his highest total since July 5.

"I feel like it's kind of been building the last couple starts," Lackey said, via MLB.com. "[Thursday] was probably the best I've felt so far."

Lackey lost his shutout on a Starlin Castro single in the seventh.

"I'd like to finish them all," Lackey said. "Every time I pitch, I like to go deep. There might have been a little more importance with it today because of usage."

He has yielded just five earned runs in his last 20 2/3 innings in lowering his ERA to 3.20. He will try to shrink it further Wednesday in Cleveland.


Cardinals' John Lackey allows one run in no decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals starter John Lackey allowed just one run in six innings, but he left with a hard-luck no-decision in Saturday's extra-innings win over Pittsburgh. 

Lackey allowed six hits and walked three, while striking out four. He reduced his ERA to 3.69 and threw 100 pitches, 65 strikes.

"My arm felt as good as it has all season," Lackey said.

Lackey's next start will be Thursday, against the Cubs. 


Cardinals P John Lackey allows three earned runs in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey had an inconsistent outing during Monday night's 4-1 loss to the Phillies. 

Lackey allowed three earned runs in seven innings of work. Though things could have been worse, he still gave up nine hits. He struck out one batter and walked one. Lackey had a pitch count of 82. 

Lackey's next start is projected for Saturday against the Pirates. 


Cardinals veteran starter Lackey likely not in long-term plans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The youthful talent the Cardinals boast among their current and future starting pitchers make them unlikely to lock up veteran John Lackey, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 36-year-old Lackey is pitching on a $500,000 minimum contract and has been shaky to start this season. He has sandwiched two poor outings around one strong one and is 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA.

St. Louis boasts a strong staff featuring Adam Wainwright and emerging Michael Wacha, but also owns young talents such as Carlos Martinez, Rob Kaminsky, Marco Gonzales and Alex Reyes, which leaves little room in the future for Lackey beyond this year.


Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allows five runs, earns ND Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings in St. Louis' 7-5 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Lackey ran into trouble in the third inning, when he allowed all five runs. Lackey loaded the bases for Jayson Werth, who smacked a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in a run. After a walk to load them again, Ryan Zimmerman reached on an infield single to score another. Yunel Escobar cleared the bases with a three-run double to left field.

Lackey, still 1-0 on the year, now boasts a 4.34 ERA in three starts. He will look to pick up his second win Monday against the Phillies.


Cardinals' Mike Matheny on John Lackey: He keeps getting better


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey has had two starts this season and manager Mike Matheny said he's pleased with how Lackey has begun the season, reports FOXSports.com.

"His stuff just keeps getting better to me," Matheny said. "So far this season I really like the way he's throwing the ball."

In his two starts, Lackey is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA over 13 innings. Lackey is scheduled to start Wednesday's game at Washington. Lackey has started two games against the Nationals in his career and is 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA.

The Cardinals are the underdogs (+110) for Wednesday's matchup.


Cardinals' Lackey tosses seven scoreless frames for first win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey threw seven scoreless innings Thursday, leading St. Louis to a 4-0 win against the Brewers. He allowed five hits -- all singles -- and one walk, while striking out eight.

Lackey (1-0) didn't allow his first hit until Gerardo Parra led off the third inning with a single. He put two runners on base in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but he emerged from all three jams unscathed.

He finished his afternoon by retiring the final seven batters he faced. He had three strikeouts in that span.

"He's been here many years, proving he can pitch in this game," catcher Yadier Molina said of Lackey after the game, per MLB.com. "Everything was working for him. He's a pitcher, not a thrower. First-pitch strike, strikeout pitch, slider was good, a lot of strikeouts. He was good."

Lackey is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Washington.


John Lackey gives up four runs in no decision for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Cardinals starter John Lackey gave up four runs in six innings but left with a no decision in the 5-4 loss to the Reds. 

Lackey gave up four hits and two walks, striking out one. He threw 67 pitches, 47 for strikes. 

Lackey's next start is scheduled for Thursday, against the Brewers and Mike Fiers. 


Cubs, Cardinals postponed Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening, the Cubs announced.

A makeup date for Tuesday's postponement has yet to be scheduled, but it is likely to come in July or September rather than this week. Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn were the scheduled starters for Tuesday's matchup.

Lynn has been named the starter for Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs. The Cardinals will keep the rotation in line moving forward, with John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez on tap to face the Reds this weekend. Adam Wainwright is now scheduled to take the mound for the team's home opener Monday against the Brewers.


Cardinals' John Lackey sharp in minor-league game Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey threw six scoreless innings during a minor-league start Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He allowed two hits and no walks, while striking out seven.

Lackey threw 73 pitches over six innings. He was expected to throw a max of 75 pitches.

"I was happy with the location today but it's a little tough to cut it all the way loose on the back fields," Lackey said. "I feel like there's a little extra gear in there. That will be nice if I locate like that and put a little extra on it." 

Lackey is slated to start the third game of the season next Wednesday against the Cubs.


Cardinals finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Cardinals announced Wednesday starting pitcher Lance Lynn will start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Cubs. It was already previously announced Adam Wainwright would start the season opener Sunday against the Cubs.

John Lackey will then finish out the Chicago series April 8. Michael Wacha will open a three-game series April 10 at Cincinnati, and he will be followed by Carlos Martinez before the rotation resets. 

Lynn is on track to start the home opener on April 13 against the Brewers.


Cardinals' John Lackey ready for the regular season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) John Lackey pitched seven innings, the longest of any Cardinals starter so far this season. 

Lackey allowed one run on six hits and didn't walk a batter, throwing 84 pitches. 

"Throwing seven innings, that was probably a little bit further than I thought I'd go today with the pitch count," said Lackey, per MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch. "But they were pretty aggressive, and I was throwing a lot of strikes. It worked out pretty good."

Lackey had his catcher call the game as if it were a regular season game, and his performance indicates that he's ready for the season to begin.

"That's what it looked like," coach David Bell said. "It looked like he was making all his pitches. The velocity was there. He probably had a little more in the tank, which is a good thing."


Cardinals' John Lackey turns attention to fastball in start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Cardinals starter John Lackey gave up five runs and seven hits during 4 1/3 innings of work Sunday against the Orioles, primarily because he was sticking to his fastball, according to MLB.com.

Lackey said he was determined to work on sinking and cutting his fastball, so he threw it more often than normal and even in situations where the Orioles might suspect it was coming. 

"There were a couple times I would have thrown totally different pitches if it was a regular game," Lackey said. "It was pretty obvious I was throwing fastballs, and they figured it out."


Cardinals P John Lackey throws three perfect innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Cardinals right-hander John Lackey was perfect on Monday through the three innings he appeared in. 

Against the Tigers, Lackey faced nine batters and retired each one. He struck out four and walked zero. This was Lackey's first spring training appearance. 

Lackey threw 37 pitches, with 27 of them going for strikes. The Cardinals defeated Detroit 1-0. 


John Lackey faces live hitters for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) John Lackey faced live hitters for the first time this spring, throwing a batting practice session to Cardinals hitters on Sunday. 

The 36-year-old righthander isn't recovering from a serious injury. He's just taking a cautious approach this spring. He threw approximately 30 pitches in a simulated two-inning game and proclaimed himself ready for an actual spring game appearance. 

"The movement on my pitches was good that first time up there," Lackey told Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly. "Then location was a lot better the second inning. I was glad with the progress through the pitches.”


John Lackey open to contract extension with Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey, who is in the final year of his contract, said he is open to discussing a contract extension, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. However, the 36-year-old pitcher quickly added there was "nothing close."

"If it's something that works for both sides. I would like it," Lackey said. "This group of guys, this organization, it's a great place to be and it's something I would entertain for sure."


Cardinals retain John Lackey for 2015


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Cardinals have picked up an option on pitcher John Lackey for 2015.

Lackey's contract situation was somewhat unique. Since he missed time a couple years ago due to elbow surgery, Lackey's 2015 option dropped to just $500,000. The move was a no-brainer for St. Louis. Last season, Lackey posted a 3.82 ERA over 198 innings.


Cardinals' John Lackey allows four runs in Game 3 no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey gave up four earned runs on five hits and one walk in six innings while striking out three in his team's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

All Lackey's damage came in the first inning, when he gave up an RBI double and then surrendered another double with the bases loaded to dig himself a 4-0 hole. The offense was able to chip away at the lead before tying the game in the seventh, but the Cardinals ultimately dropped the game and fell behind 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for 8:07 p.m. ET Wednesday.


Adam Wainwright ready to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Cardinals announced starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will start in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants. He will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cardinals coach Mike Matheny said Wainwright is perfectly fine heading into the NLCS. There was concern Lynn might have had to start the NLCS opener, if Wainwright was unavailable due to soreness or stiffness.


Cardinals announce rotation for NLDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced the team's rotation for NLDS against the Dodgers. Adam Wainwright will pitch in the series opener, and he will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller.

Michael Wacha will be pitching out of the bullpen for St. Louis.


John Lackey picks up loss despite good start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey picked up a loss despite a strong start Wednesday.

Lackey allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked four during the outing. Lackey gave up both his runs in the fourth inning. After a leadoff double by Luis Valbuena, Lackey was able to strike out the next two hitters. With the pitcher in the on deck circle, the club opted to intentionally walk Logan Watkins. Jake Arrieta made them pay, slapping a two-run triple to right field. Lackey would recover to pitch into the seventh inning, but would not win the game. 

With the loss, Lackey dropped to 14-10.