Lackey (4-5) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five batters over five innings during Saturday's loss to the Dodgers. The veteran has now allowed 13 runs -- including five home runs -- through his past 15.1 innings. Lackey sports a 5.18 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 2.0 HR/9, which limits the value of his 9.4 K/9. His 21.0 percent HR/FB rate is probably eyeing positive regression, but Lackey's 5.02 FIP is another discouraging mark. It isn't out of the question to fade him outside of favorable matchups until he shows signs of turning his season around, and there is no guarantee that happens. Lackey lines up to face the Cardinals at Wrigley Field for his next start.
Lackey (4-4) was the losing pitcher in Monday's game against the Giants. He allowed seven hits, two walks and five runs (all earned) over five innings. He struck out six. This was another mediocre outing for Lackey, who failed to get into the sixth inning for the second straight start. The six strikeouts are nice, but Lackey gave up two home runs for the second game in a row and he also hit two batters. He'll look to turn it around Saturday on the road against the Dodgers.
Lackey (4-3) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks over 5.1 innings in Tuesday's win over Cincinnati. He struck out three. Coming off of his best performance of the season last week in which he struck out 10 batters, Lackey was less than sharp in this one. Regardless, the Chicago bats staked him to an early lead and he was able to get through the fifth inning for the victory despite not having his best stuff. He'll take the mound again on Sunday at home against Milwaukee.
Lackey (3-3) tossed seven scoreless innings in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out 10 in an 8-1 win over the Rockies. The 38-year-old put together a rare dominant start in Coors Field on a night when there was enough humidity in the air to give his breaking ball some life. It was only Lackeys's second quality start in seven trips to the mound in 2017, but he'll try to build on this performance Tuesday when the Cubs host the Reds.
Lackey (2-3) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four batters over six innings during Saturday's win over Boston. Lackey never held the lead while he was on the mound, but the Cubbies scored three runs in the top of the seventh to put Chicago ahead for good and hand the veteran his second win of the season. He's battled in every outing and sports an impressive 9.0 K/9 and 25.0 strikeout percentage but the 5.10 ERA is a real eyesore. It's definitely encouraging that Lackey has gone exactly six innings in all five starts, though. He'll look to make it two wins in a row against the Phillies next week.
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