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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%: 95/86 | Average Draft Position: 188.88
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Cardinals SP John Lackey finds self on wrong end of 1-0 score


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Usually when a pitcher goes eight innings, allowing just one run on two hits, he's in line for a victory, but Wednesday, Cardinals starter John Lackey was saddled with a loss as the Reds eked out a 1-0 win. 

Lackey was masterful save for one mistake -- a second-inning home run to Jay Bruce -- but that pitch dropped his record to 9-6 on the season. Lackey struck out eight and walked just one, needing only 86 pitches to go eight innings. 

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Lackey. 


Cardinals' John Lackey shakes off shaky start for ninth win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Starter John Lackey picked up his ninth win of the season, as the Cardinals topped the Royals 4-3 on Thursday. Lackey allowed two runs on six hits over seven solid innings. He walked two and struck out five, throwing 72 of his 111 pitches for strikes.

Lackey (9-5) gave up a pair of runs in the first inning, but settled in from there and avoided any further damage. Meanwhile the Cardinals were able to rally back and seal the 4-3 victory.

The veteran right-hander has been brilliant over his last eight starts, posting a 1.75 ERA with a 37:14 K:BB ratio in that stretch.


Cardinals set upcoming starting rotation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) The Cardinals will start pitcher Lance Lynn for Wednesday's game at the Chicago White Sox, reports MLB.com.

Lynn would then be followed by John Lackey for Thursday's contest against the Royals with Tim Cooney starting Friday's start against the Braves. The team will then turn to Carlos Martinez on Saturday and Michael Wacha on Sunday.


Cardinals SP John Lackey improves to 8-5 with win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Cardinals right-hander John Lackey took full advantage of a poor Mets offense, as he led St. Louis to a 12-2 victory on Saturday. Lackey allowed one run on 10 hits over seven innings. He walked one, struck out three and gave up a solo home run to Michael Cuddyer.

The longball was the only run to score on Lackey, despite the high number of hits. He was able to work out of trouble and keep the Mets off the board for most of the night, and he lowered his ERA to 2.90.

Lackey (8-5) hasn't allowed more than two earned runs since a disaster outing on June 8 in Colorado. Since then, he has posted a pristine 1.63 ERA.


Cardinals waste solid outing by John Lackey in loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Cardinals right-hander John Lackey posted a sixth-consecutive quality start on Saturday, but left with a no-decision in the 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Pirates. Lackey allowed just one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, while walking two and striking out five. The veteran dropped his season ERA under 3.00 for the first time since early June.

The only run Lackey gave up in his outing was a solo home run by the opposing pitcher, A.J. Burnett in the fifth inning. Lackey left the game with the Cardinals leading 3-1, but the bullpen blew the lead late. 

This was the first time in his last five starts that Lackey did not pitch at least seven innings. But he does have a 1.69 ERA over that span. 


Cardinals' John Lackey gets win with seven shutout innings


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Cardinals starter John Lackey earned his first win since June 20 with seven shutout innings against the Cubs on Monday. 

Lackey had his first seven-inning shutout performance since May 29. 

Lackey allowed six hits, struck out four, and improved to 7-5 on the year. 


Cardinals SP John Lackey strikes out six in seven innings of work


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey was solid during his start on Wednesday against the White Sox.

Lackey tossed seven innings, allowed seven hits and just two earned runs before being pulled from the game. He struck out six batters and allowed just two walks on 106 pitches. Despite the strong effort, Lackey picked up his fifth loss of the season in the 7-1 loss.

Lackey (6-5) has a 3.30 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 26 walks in 103 2/3 innings this season.


Cardinals SP John Lackey settles for no-decision on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Cardinals right-hander John Lackey limited the Cubs to two runs on eight hits over seven innings on Friday, but took a no-decision in the extra-innings victory. Lackey walked three and struck out five, as he danced in-and-out of danger all night with baserunners on in all but two of his innings Friday night. 

Still, the performance lowered his ERA to 3.35, as he has allowed more than three earned runs just once in his last 12 starts.


Cardinals SP John Lackey cruises to victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Cardinals starter John Lackey had no problems against the National League's worst team Saturday, tossing seven strong innings against the Phillies to earn his sixth victory of the season. 

Lackey gave up a home run in the second inning, but that was about it, as he scattered five hits during his 100-pitch outing. He struck out three and walked two to improve to 6-4 on the year. 

Lackey has now won four of his last five starts and has lowered his ERA to 3.41. 


Cardinals P John Lackey goes 8 innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allowed two earned runs in Monday night's 3-2 win over the Twins. 

Lackey went eight innings and was in command through six innings. He then gave up a run each in the seventh and eighth innings. This was a good rebound game for Lackey after giving up eight earned runs in his previous start. 

Lackey now has a 3.58 ERA this season. 

His next start is projected for Saturday against the Phillies. 


Sunday's Royals-Cardinals game is postponed


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Sunday's game between the Royals against the Cardinals has been postponed due to rain, the Cardinals announced.

The Cardinals were set to send pitcher John Lackey to the mound to go against Chris Young. Lackey will start Monday against the Twins instead.

Young will have his start moved to Tuesday at Milwaukee, while Edinson Volquez will start Monday, reports FOX Sports Kansas City.

No makeup date for Sunday's game has been announced.


Cardinals P John Lackey rocked in loss to Rockies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey had his worst game of the season Monday night in an 11-3 loss to the Rockies. 

Lackey allowed 10 runs — eight earned — on 12 hits, all of which are season-highs. Lackey was rocked for five runs in the first inning and then for five more in the fourth. Lackey struck out five batters and walked two. 

Lackey previously won his past two starts and had been pitching well of late. This games puts his ERA at 3.72 for the season. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Royals. 


Cardinals SP John Lackey earns win in Wednesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Despite allowing 10 hits during Wednesday's contest against the Brewers, Cardinals pitcher John Lackey was still able to earn his fourth win of the season during the 7-4 victory.

Lackey scattered the 10 hits, which led to three runs over seven innings of work. He also struck out five and walked one. His biggest mistake was giving up a solo home run to Gerardo Parra in the third inning. Lackey is now 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA.

Lackey has pitched seven innings in three of his last four starts. He has not given more than three runs in any of his last eight starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Monday at Colorado.


Cardinals SP John Lackey stymies Dodgers offense on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Cardinals starter John Lackey was excellent in the team's 3-0 victory over the Dodgers on Friday. Lackey, whose last start ended early due to rain, tossed seven shutout innings on Friday. He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out nine, as he improved to 3-3 on the year.

Lackey did not allow the Dodgers to have more than one baserunner on at a time, and no Dodger made it beyond first base. His ERA dropped to 2.83 with the impressive performance.

"They've got a good lineup, you've got to keep grinding and you can't take anything for granted," Lackey said, per FoxSports Midwest. "I just had to make some pitches to get out of that."

He'll look to keep the good times rolling in his next start, scheduled for Wednesday at home against the Brewers. 


Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allows three runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work in St. Louis' 3-2 loss to the Royals in a rain-shortened game.

Lackey had trouble in the second inning when he was ripped for a two-run home run by Alex Gordon. Then in the fourth, Lackey allowed a leadoff double to Eric Hosmer, who advanced to third. Salvador Perez drove home the go-ahead run with a single.

"It stinks really bad," Lackey said to FOXSports.com. "There's a lot of game left. In baseball they do things the same way for a long time."

Lackey, now 2-3, moved his ERA to 3.18 in 56 2/3 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track Friday against the Dodgers.


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.