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October 1, 2017 10:32 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Could pitch in bullpen during postseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Lackey could be an option out of the bullpen in the playoffs, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

Lackey tossed one inning in relief Sunday afternoon, giving up one run on two hits and taking the loss. There are signs suggesting that Lackey will retire upon the conclusion of the Cubs' season in the coming weeks, as he'll turn 39 later this month and is coming off a season in which he posted his highest ERA (4.59) since 2011 (6.41).

September 28, 2017 12:04 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Likely to retire after postseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey, 38, seems likely to retire after this season, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Lackey has not confirmed this, but Jon Lester, who is Lackey's closest friend in baseball, said as much during the Cubs' celebration Wednesday after clinching the NL Central. "Tonight was probably (Lackey's) last regular-season start. Here's to one hell of a career," Lester said to teammates after Wednesday's game. The veteran righty certainly could find work if he wanted to after this season, but he doesn't really have anything left to prove, so it would make sense if he retired. Lackey has a career 188-146 record, 3.91 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 19.1 percent strikeout rate. It is unclear if he will be a part of the postseason rotation.

September 27, 2017 11:36 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Gets division-clinching win Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (12-11) picked up the win over the Cardinals on Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over six innings while striking out three.

The veteran righty's first win in nearly a month was a big one, as the Cubs clinched the NL Central title with the victory. The team has yet to set their postseason rotation, but Lackey could slot in as their No. 4 starter given his 3.68 ERA in the second half.

September 23, 2017 12:28 AM
Cubs' John Lackey: Takes no-decision against Brewers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over four innings in a no-decision Friday against Milwaukee.

Lackey failed to complete the fifth inning for the second consecutive start. He was undone by back-to-back home runs off the bats of Stephen Vogt and Brett Phillips in the second inning and needed 77 pitches to get just 12 outs. Lackey's ERA sits at 4.67 and we should expect the Cubs to keep a short leash on him whenever he appears from here on out.

September 15, 2017 04:12 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Ejected in fifth inning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey was ejected in the top of the fifth inning Friday against the Cardinals after giving up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four in 4.2 innings.

Home plate umpire Jordan Baker failed to make a blatant strike three call and then Carlos Martinez laced the next pitch for an RBI single. Lackey then stormed to home plate, livid, and was tossed, along with catcher Willson Contreras. While Contreras likely faces a suspension after he bounced his face mask and it hit Baker in the leg, Lackey may not suffer any further punishment, despite the demonstrative nature of his tirade. The Cubs were losing 2-1 at the time of the ejection, so Lackey may wind up with the loss.

September 8, 2017 11:48 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Takes 11th loss despite solid start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (11-11) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks and struck out nine over seven innings but still took the loss Friday to the Brewers.

Lackey managed to complete consecutive quality starts for the first time since June 18 and June 23 against the Marlins and Pirates respectively. It wasn't enough to earn the win, though, as Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers bullpen combined for a shutout. Still, this return to form has to be encouraging for the Cubs, who watched Lackey allow 10 earned runs over 10 innings in his last two starts of August.

September 1, 2017 08:16 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Stifles Braves in Friday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (11-10) picked up the win against the Braves on Friday, allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings while striking out five.

It was the veteran's longest outing since June 2, and the first time he hasn't walked a batter since July 5. Lackey's 4.74 ERA is still a huge step back from last year's performance, but he'll continue filling out the back of the Cubs rotation down the stretch, with his next start coming Thursday in Pittsburgh.

August 27, 2017 08:56 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Fades in Sunday loss to Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (10-10) allowed four runs on six hits and one walk across five innings while taking the loss Sunday against the Phillies. He struck out eight.

Lackey faded as his pitch count climbed in this one, allowing all four runs on his ledger in the fifth inning on three hits, an error, a walk and a pair of wild pitches. Though in line for the win much of the game, Lackey received no run support after the first inning and was resigned to his 10th loss of the season. He delivered a solid, if unspectacular, string of starts into mid-August, but the veteran has now allowed 10 earned runs over 10 innings in his last two starts to raise his ERA back to a disappointing 4.98. Lackey will look to get back on track Friday against the Braves.

August 23, 2017 03:04 AM
Cubs' John Lackey: Hurt by long balls in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey pitched five innings against the Reds on Tuesday, giving up six runs on nine hits -- including two homers -- while striking out three and walking one. He didn't factor into the decision in an eventual 13-9 win.

The veteran righty was long gone by the time the Cubs rallied to score a combined nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Lackey's age-38 campaign has been a tough one, as his 4.90 ERA and 1.35 WHIP are not good fantasy stats, and he's now allowed a career-high 31 home runs over the course of 24 starts. Even when he's been performing relatively well -- as he did in a six-start stretch preceding Tuesday's outing -- Lackey has still been putting too many men on base and allowing too many homers. That's not a good combination, and with Lackey's contract up at the end of this season, we could be looking at the final few starts of his long and largely respectable MLB career.

August 17, 2017 12:44 AM
Cubs' John Lackey: Bullpen blows winning effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey allowed a single run on four hits and three walks while striking out six batters over six innings during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati. He didn't factor into the decision.

Lackey had won each of his past five outings with a 3.42 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 during that stretch, so this was another strong outing for the veteran. After all, he worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the first inning with just the lone run surrendered. Lackey's underwhelming 5.49 FIP shouldn't be ignored, and it's not out of the question to considering fading him in daunting matchups. However, his current form is encouraging, and with the Cubs in contention, it appears the veteran is in line to finish the season strong. Lackey projects to make his next start against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

August 12, 2017 10:48 AM
Cubs' John Lackey: Nabs 10th win Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (10-9) struck out seven and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 5.1 innings to earn the win Friday against Arizona.

Lackey has won five straight despite the fact that he hasn't thrown more than six innings in a single start since June 2 against St. Louis. He has been inconsistent at best, and this winning streak includes Friday, when he served up a pair of home runs, and a start on July 25, when he hit four batters. As long as he's in the Cubs rotation, he can soak up wins, but otherwise, he has been far from reliable.

August 5, 2017 06:16 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Beats Nats to even season record
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (9-9) was charged with three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over five innings in Saturday's win over the Nationals. He struck out three.

It wasn't a particularly strong performance from Lackey -- he threw first-pitch strikes to just 13 of 22 batters faced and induced six swinging strikes -- but he went just far enough to qualify for the win. Lackey has now won four straight, but he's gone more than five innings just once in his last four starts. That trend may continue as the Cubs look to limit Lackey's exposure to opposing lineups and turn it over to the bullpen early during his starts.

July 30, 2017 06:48 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Strikes out seven in win Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (8-9) grabbed the win Sunday against the Brewers. He went six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out seven.

Lackey has a subpar 4.87 ERA this season, but he's been solid over his last four starts. In that stretch, he's gone 22 innings and allowed just eight earned runs (3.27 ERA), while striking out 16. The Cubs have been linked to starters such as Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander in trade rumors, and a shakeup could bump Lackey from the rotation. As it stands, he lines up to face the Nationals on Saturday in his next start.

July 25, 2017 10:36 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Strikes out five in win over White Sox
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (7-9) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks across five innings in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. He struck out five.

Lackey was victimized by opposing pitcher Carlos Rodon for a two-run double in the second inning, but he was otherwise able to dance around trouble during his outing. He tacked on an alarming four hit batsmen in this one, but a pair of double-plays helped mitigate the damage. Lackey's 4.97 ERA on the season leaves much to be desired, but he has seemingly turned a corner of late with three runs or fewer allowed in five of his last six starts. He has also won two straight after last doing so in mid-May, and he'll look to keep it going Sunday against the Brewers.

July 19, 2017 06:24 AM
Cubs' John Lackey: Holds Braves in check Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (6-9) allowed one run on five hits and two walks over five innings in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Braves. He struck out one.

It was far from a dominant effort, but Lackey did just enough to qualify for the victory despite serving up his 25th home run of the season. The veteran righty will carry a 5.04 ERA into his next start Tuesday at home against the White Sox.

July 18, 2017 04:20 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Reinstated from DL ahead of Tuesday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (foot) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Tuesday ahead of his scheduled start against the Braves, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

As expected, Lackey will make his return to the rotation Tuesday night without missing a single start. He'll face off with Braves' rookie southpaw Sean Newcomb as the veteran looks to improve his 5.20 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.

July 16, 2017 09:32 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Expected to stick in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he expects Lackey (foot) to remain in the rotation once Kyle Hendricks (hand) comes off the 10-day disabled list, likely later in July, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Lackey, who hit the DL prior to the All-Star break with an injury of his own, will be reinstated in advance of his start Tuesday in Atlanta. After a strong first season with the North Siders, the 38-year-old Lackey has regressed badly in 2017. He's lost only 1 mph on his fastball from the season before, but that's been enough to make him much more hittable, with Lackey submitting a 5.20 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a career-worst 2.2 HR/9. It appears Lackey will have some leash to work through his struggles, but a move to the bullpen could be considered if he fails to rebound in his subsequent outings.

July 15, 2017 06:12 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: On track for Tuesday return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey (foot) is on track to start Tuesday against the Braves, Carrie Muskat of reports.

After logging an encouraging bullpen session Saturday, it appears that Lackey will be ready to return to the mound for Tuesday's showdown in Atlanta. Due to the timing of Lackey's injury with the All-Star break included, he'll be able to get back without having missed a turn in the rotation. Lackey carries a 5.20 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP heading into Tuesday's outing.

July 6, 2017 09:20 AM
Cubs' John Lackey: Lands on DL with plantar faciitis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey will head to the 10-day DL due to plantar faciitis, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Lackey pitched through the foot troubles in his Wednesday start against the Rays, where he turned in a quality outing with six innings of three-run ball. Now on the DL, Lackey won't actually have to miss a start due to the upcoming All-Star break -- his next turn in the rotation would come after the 10-day minimum has passed. The move will also clear up a roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who was promoted back to the majors in a corresponding transaction.

July 5, 2017 06:08 PM
Cubs' John Lackey: Pitches six solid innings despite foot issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lackey tossed six innings Wednesday against the Rays despite dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three, walking away with a no-decision.

This foot ailment appears to be the reason that Lackey was pushed back to start Wednesday's contest. Due to this move, he'll now get the opportunity to make his next start after the All-Star break, which hopefully should alleviate any problems he's experiencing with his foot. The issue doesn't seem to be bothering him too much, however, given that he still managed to throw 53 of his 79 pitches for strikes while limiting the damage for much of his start. As long as his plantar fasciitis either subsides or continues to be managed effectively, Lackey seems to be in line to pitch one of the first couple games following the All-Star break against the Orioles.

Situational Stats
vs Los Angeles 11.002 4.910715
vs LHB 79.100 5.1103159
vs RHB 91.100 4.1402290
Last 7 Games
Two Week Schedule
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Fantasy Points by Week

Pitching Stats
2002ANA94 3.6618181000 108.111352441043369
2003ANA1016 4.6333332200 204.0223117105311066151
2004ANA1413 4.6733321100 198.121510810322860144
2005LAA145 3.4433331000 209.02088580131171199
2006LAA1311 3.5633333200 217.2203988614972190
2007LAA199 3.0133332200 224.02198775181252179
2008LAA125 3.7524243000 163.11617168261040130
2009LAA118 3.8327271100 176.1177847517947139
2010BOS1411 4.4033330000 215.023311410518972156
2011BOS1212 6.4128280000 160.0203119114201956108
2012BOS00 ---0000000.00000000
2013BOS1013 3.5229292000 189.1179807426640161
2014BOS-STL1410 3.8231311000 198.0206948424147164
2015STL1310 2.7733331000 218.0211716721453175
2016CHC118 3.3529290000 188.1146747023953180
2017CHC45 5.1810100000 57.16436331331960
Total 180140 3.90427426188002727.02761129011832961247812205
Batting Stats
2002ANA18000000000 --- --- ---
2003ANA33300000200 .000 .000 .000
2004ANA33200000100 .000 .000 .000
2005LAA33600000100 .000 .000 .000
2006LAA33300000000 .000 .000 .000
2007LAA33200000000 .000 .000 .000
2008LAA24600000300 .000 .000 .000
2009LAA27811010200 .125 .125 .125
2010BOS34512000100 .400 .600 .400
2011BOS28301010100 .333 .667 .333
2013BOS29500000300 .000 .000 .000
2014BOS-STL311512000500 .133 .133 .133
2015STL3362070342400 .167 .145 .113
2016CHC2963160223100 .123 .127 .095
2017CHC111814010600 .222 .278 .222
Total 4292015230868000 .140 .149 .114
Fielding Stats
2003ANAP333339142232 .923
2005LAAP33333352530 .909
2007LAAP333349222525 .959
2008LAAP24242491053 .792
2009LAAP272737132223 .946
2010BOSP333346222133 .935
2011BOSP282838191634 .921
2013BOSP292949182920 .959
2014BOS-STLP313130121530 .900
2015STLP333337201523 .946
Total  4274265162002882828 .946
More Pitching Stats
2002ANA0126120 1.14124027 .267465 12.5 .3870
2003ANA4208227 1.001481111 .278885 13.2 .4510
2004ANA4219209 1.111571111 .278855 12.8 .4300
2005LAA3208195 1.151182018 .258892 12.5 .3620
2006LAA4217229 1.031240016 .246922 11.7 .3600
2007LAA2250217 1.26196219 .254929 11.4 .3750
2008LAA1176158 1.25113105 .260675 11.6 .4350
2009LAA1209166 1.36133006 .263748 11.9 .4020
2010BOS2247213 1.252610203 .277930 13.1 .4260
2011BOS1175182 1.063330011 .308743 15.6 .4770
2012BOS000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2013BOS0215177 1.27367004 .247778 10.7 .4130
2014BOS-STL1218197 1.20173024 .265833 11.5 .4240
2015STL5230223 1.1693035 .256896 11.1 .3760
2016CHC1167193 0.93155004 .218748 9.9 .3640
2017CHC06547 1.4571002 .276258 13.5 .5090
Total 2929302753 1.1525075910116 .26311557 12.1 .4070
Postseason Pitching Stats
2002ANA20 2.42530000 22.1216600617
2005LAA01 4.41330000 16.11588101012
2007LAA01 6.00110000 6.09442024
2008LAA01 2.63220000 13.211441146
2009LAA11 2.29330000 19.2197500714
2013BOS31 2.77540000 26.0258801625
2014STL10 3.46220000 13.0105501211
2015STL10 3.48220000 10.164410210
2016CHC01 4.85330000 13.0148711612
Total 86 3.2726230000 140.113054516445111
Minor League Pitching Stats
1999 A-Boise62 4.981515100 81.1815945785077
2000 A-Lk Elsinore66 3.401515210100.2945638994274
2000 A-Cedar Rapds32 2.0855000 30.1207712521
2000 AA-Erie61 3.3088200 57.158232161943
2001 AA-Arkansas97 3.461818320127.110655491132994
2001AAA-Salt Lake34 6.711010100 57.2754443511642
2002AAA-Salt Lake82 2.571616210101.2893529522882
2008 A-Rancho Cuca00 4.0033000 9.084412211
2009AAA-Salt Lake01 2.8922000 9.16331118
2011AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox00 1.6911000 5.13111004
2013AA-Portland Sea Dogs00 0.0011000 3.23000025

Player Info

Abilene, TX
Chicago Cubs

MLB Experience:

2007: AL ERA Leader