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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: 12 | Salary: $15,950,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/54 | Average Draft Position: 190.35
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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. 


John Lackey rediscovers winning path vs. Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey put together a dominant outing to get in the win column Friday night at home against the Reds, improving to 3-2 on the year. He allowed one run on six hits and no walks while striking out five over 7 2/3 innings of a 2-1 victory. Of his 87 pitches, 66 were strikes.

Over his last four starts covering 22 innings, Lackey has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 3.86 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 30 starts (191 1/3 innings). Lackey will make his final start of the regular season Wednesday in Chicago against the Cubs.

John Lackey set to pitch Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey is the scheduled starter for Friday's game against the Reds, MLB.com reports.

Lackey had his last start skipped due to a case of dead arm, but he's in line to make two more starts in the regular season. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 151:43 K:BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings, though his performance has dipped since coming to St. Louis.


John Lackey throws bullpen Tuesday, in line for Friday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey threw a bullpen session Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, putting him in line to start Friday against the Reds.

Lackey's last scheduled start was skipped due to a case of dead arm. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 151:43 K:BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings but has struggled since joining the Cardinals.


John Lackey to be skipped with dead arm


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that John Lackey will have his next turn skipped in the Cardinals' rotation due to having a dead arm. Lance Lynn will take the mound for the opener of the team's series against the Brewers on Tuesday.

At the earliest, Lackey would make his next appearance in the following series against the Reds.


John Lackey ejected in short outing Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey was ejected during a no-decision Wednesday, finishing with two earned runs on four hits and two walks in two-plus innings and one strikeout in his team's 4-2 loss to the Reds.

Lackey watched a chest-high 2-1 pitch be called a ball and apparently expressed his displeasure, as the umpire ripped off his mask to yell something at the pitcher. After it appeared the situation was over, the umpire again removed his mask and tossed Lackey, who responded, "For what?"

Lackey owns a 3.97 ERA and 151:43 K:BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Tuesday.


John Lackey rocked in loss No. 9


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey was hit hard Friday, in a 6-2 loss to the Brewers.

Lackey was tagged for all six runs in six innings of work, on nine hits -- just two of which went for extra bases. He walked just one batter and struck out six for the second start in a row, while throwing 99 pitches in the loss.

Lackey fell to 2-2 in seven starts since joining the Cardinals, but is still 13-9 overall on the season. He carries a 3.91 ERA into his next outing, set for Wednesday against the Reds.


John Lackey unable to factor into decision vs. Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey wasn't a factor into the decision Sunday at home against the Cubs. He allowed five runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and one walk while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings of a 9-6 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 26 1/3 innings, Lackey has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.74 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 27 starts (175 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Milwaukee.

John Lackey turns in strong start Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey turned in a strong start Monday against the Pirates.

Lackey allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. Lackey gave up his only run in the second inning. With one out, Lackey gave up a solo home run to Pedro Alvarez. For much of the start, it appeared the Cardinals weren’t going to give Lackey any run support. Then, in the top of the seventh, the team managed to scratch three runs across the board. Lackey fired a scoreless seventh inning, and was replaced to open the eighth. 

With the win, Lackey improved to 13-8. He’ll take on the Cubs in his next start.


John Lackey strikes out seven vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk in six innings and striking out seven in his team's 5-4 win over the Reds.

Lackey surrendered a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and the Reds were able to score two more on a double in the sixth, though both of his sixth-inning runs were unearned due to two errors. Lackey owns a 3.88 ERA and 135:38 K:BB ratio in 162 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Monday.


John Lackey solid against the Padres


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey tossed a solid start against the Padres Thursday.

Lackey allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. Lackey was excellent early on, holding the Padres scoreless through the first five innings. He ran into control issues in the sixth. Lackey gave up two walks and a double to open the frame. A force out brought in a run, while another came in on a single. Lackey left with the game tied 2-2.

Lackey will take on the Reds in his next start. 


John Lackey hammered for nine runs vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey was lit up in Saturday's loss, surrendering nine earned runs on 13 hits and two walks in five-plus innings and striking out three in his team's 10-3 defeat against the Orioles.

Lackey (12-8) served up three home runs with the loss, and the damage could have been more extensive if not for putting out a fire in the sixth after Lackey gave up three straight singles to open the inning. He owns a 3.98 ERA and 123:34 K:BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings. Lackey is scheduled to face the Padres Thursday.


John Lackey wins Cardinals debut Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey earned a win in his first start with his new team, giving up two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 3-2 victory over the Brewers.

Lackey (12-7) surrendered a run in the first inning and a solo home run in the second inning, but he was able to settle down and pick up a win after his offense scored three runs in the top of the seventh. He owns a 3.55 ERA and 120:32 K:BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings. Lackey is scheduled to face the Orioles Saturday.


Lance Lynn bumped to Tuesday, with John Lackey starting Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn has had his next start bumped back from Sunday to Tuesday following the acquisition of John Lackey.

Lackey will take the mound Sunday against the Brewers, manager Mike Matheny told FOXSportsMidwest.com Friday, while Lynn will open a series against the Red Sox Tuesday. The move gives Lynn an extra day off since his last appearance, during which he posted a quality start in a loss to the Padres. 


John Lackey, Justin Masterson added to roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Cardinals officially added newly acquired pitchers Justin Masterson and John Lackey to the active roster Friday, after trading for both in recent days.

Masterson is expected to make his first start Saturday against the Brewers, while Lackey's turn in the rotation has not been determined yet.  


John Lackey traded to Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Cardinals acquired veteran starting pitcher John Lackey from the Red Sox Thursday. Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts, but he is 3-3 with a 5.56 ERA in his last six starts.

Report: Red Sox close to dealing John Lackey to NL team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Red Sox are close to dealing starting pitcher John Lackey to a National League team, according to ESPN. The Cardinals and Dodgers are the teams rumored to be involved in a trade for Lackey.

Though, a source told FOX Sports the Dodgers are not trading for Lackey.


Source: 70 percent chance John Lackey gets traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Red Sox continue to work out a trade involving starting pitcher John Lackey, according to The Boston Globe. A source said there is a 70 percent chance the veteran pitcher will be traded by Thursday's non-waiver deadline.

Report: John Lackey a strong trade possibility


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The possibility that the Red Sox trade John Lackey as well as fellow starter Jon Lester are very good, according to Fox Sports.

Though Lester is the top prize for prospective suitors, Lackey has piqued some interest from contenders seeking a rotation piece. He has been on top of his game lately with five runs allowed on 14 hits in his last 20 innings. He has also walked nine during that stretch, but that marks his first problem with control this season.


Report: Royals inquire about John Lackey


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Royals have inquired about Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, the Kansas City Star reports.

The Red Sox are looking for "a sizable return" in exchange for Lackey, who owns a 3.60 ERA and 116:32 K:BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Red Sox rotation have a few new faces over the next few days, as Jon Lester is also drawing trade interest from around the league.


John Lackey could be on trading block


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Red Sox veteran right-hander John Lackey could be dealt at the deadline despite his status as one of their few reliable starters, WEEI.com is reporting. Lackey is also under team control through next season, which makes trade rumors that much more surprising.

Lackey has received attention from contenders due to his steady and solid contributions over the last two years. He has won two of his last three starts, giving up just five runs in 19 innings during that stretch, to raise his record to 11-7 and lower his ERA to 3.60. He is on pace to throw 210 innings this season, his highest total since joining the Red Sox in 2010.