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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ESPN.com 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.
Lackey (foot) is on track to start Tuesday against the Braves, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||3.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||2||3||0.00||1.562|