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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%: 78/43 | Average Draft Position: 190.19
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Cardinals' John Lackey sharp in minor-league game Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:54 pm ET) 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
(12:08 pm ET) 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. 


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.