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John Lackey pitched another gem on Monday night in Houston, going six innings, striking out ten batters and only walking two. Unfortunately, Lackey also was tagged with the loss, dropping his record to 7-9 for the season.
During the baseballs stone-ages, Lackey’s under .500 record would be a reflection of the rough season that Lackey was having, or maybe how John Lackey somehow caused the offense to sputter with his ways of pitching. That would assume that John Lackey has control over whether the offense produces and scores run. That would just be silly. We are past that as a baseball watching society. In fact John Lackey has the fourth worst run support in Major League Baseball, which is crazy considering the Red Sox have the best offense in the league. Poor John Lackey.
(Did anyone think we would be saying those words two years ago?)
What should be signs of Lackey’s stats are his statistics which have established him as the guy the Red Sox would want on the mound when they absolutely need a win. A 3.21 ERA, a 3.66 FIP and a 3.20 xFIP all mark him as one of the best pitchers in baseball right now. More impressive from Lackey is his consistency and fight. Lackey came back from Tommy John surgery this season and pitched well in his first start until it looked like his arm popped again in Toronto. He battled back and started pouring on impressive six and seven inning performances night in and night out for the Boston Red Sox. Last night, he rolled his ankle, got it tapped up and pitched another great game for the Red Sox, only to be tacked with the loss when the Red Sox gave him zero run support.
Lackey is loved by his teammates, they said so themselves two years ago, and its easier to see why now. Lackey simply fights, through both personal problems as he did in 2011 and physical problems as he consistently does in 2013. Red Sox fans may see Lackey as an ass-hat, especially with how he was so brash too the media and fans in 2011, but part of it is because Lackey is a gamer. Those guts that Lackey shows on a day to day basis is something that Red Sox fans long to see in Clay Buchholz through his nagging injuries. After a football-esque tape up job last night, its easy to see why Lackey is so respected in the Red Sox clubhouse.
Right now, if the Red Sox need a win, Lackey is there guy. He has been there best and most consistent pitcher and whenever Lackey is on the mound, it is almost a guarantee he will fight and gut out enough of a performance to give the Red Sox a chance to win the game.
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John Lackey was the tough-luck loser in the Red Sox 2-0 loss to the
Astros at Minute Maid Park Monday night. Tweaking the specifics – team,
score, venue -- that sentence could be written about Lackey...
Clay Buchholz’s return from his shoulder and neck injury is moving at a glacial pace — but it is moving.
The Red Sox righty had good news this weekend, telling reporters that he’s feeling the best he has in a while after throwing Sunday.
“This is the best I’ve felt since the day in Seattle where I threw and didn’t feel anything,” Buchholz said of the July 8-11 road...
Maybe this is John Lackey‘s baseball penance.
The Red Sox right-hander, who has been arguably the club’s best, most consistent and most durable pitcher in this turnaround 2013 season, just can’t seem to buy a win. No team in baseball has more wins than the Red Sox do right now. Yet Lackey’s seven wins are the second-fewest in the Boston rotation and his nine losses are the...
John Lackey recorded a strong outing once again for the Red Sox, but the Astros came out on top in the first game of the series that proved to be a pitcher’s duel.
Lackey allowed only two runs on eight hits while striking out 10 over six innings, but the Sox couldn’t figure out Houston’s rookie starter, Brett Oberholtzer and failed to put any runs on the board for their right...
Despite another good start from John Lackey, the Red Sox offense could not figure out Brett Oberholtzer as the Astros shut out Boston, 2-0.
Oberholtzer gave up four hits over seven shutout innings against the best run producing team in the Majors. The Sox offense had their chances and they were getting contact but it was plenty of pop ups as the Sox had 11 fly ball outs.Dustin Pedroia...
The Red Sox will send John Lackey (tonight), Stephen Wright (Tuesday) and Ryan Dempster (Wednesday) to the hill for their 3-game set with the abysmal Houston Astros. Houston—which has lost its last four games—is in last palce in the AL West with just 36 wins. They have achieved a perfect symmetry this year in one sense. They are (18-37) at home and (18-37) on the road.
10:30 a.m. ET: The Red Sox have a long stretch ahead of them. Boston (68-45) is playing 16 of its next 19 games on the road, starting with a 10-game road trip that begins tonight.
Luckily for the Sox, the first stop is in Houston, where Boston will face the struggling Astros (36-74). The Sox have mopped up on the American League’s newest arrivals so far this year, sweeping them...
Despite 10 strikeouts from John Lackey, the Boston Red Sox were unable to get anything going against rookie Brett Oberholtzer in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
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It's expected that injured starting pitcher Clay Buchholz will throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Houston.
This marks Buchholz first time on a mound since July 14. Buchholz got the green light from the team medical staff after completing a flat-ground session Sunday where he threw at "about 80 percent intensity."
"The last two...
The Red Sox have set their rotation for the four-game series against the hot Kansas City Royals. Jon Lester will try to get back on track tonight, followed by Jake Peavy on Friday, (new ace) Felix Doubront on Saturday, and John Lackey on Sunday. Boston enters the series tied with the Atlanta (and formerly, Boston) Braves for the most wins in baseball (70).
If you've followed the Red Sox this season you know that the backend of the rotation has been stellar. Thanks to the resurgence of one John Lackey, the three thru five spots have carried the load, and kept the Red Sox afloat during many a games.
However, Felix Doubront has somehow continued to fly below the radar (or hidden within Lackey&...
First Pitch: Monday 8:10, Tuesday 8:10, Wednesday 8:10
Arms: Monday: John Lackey, RHP (7-8, 3.23 ERA) vs. Brett Oberholtzer, LHP (1-0, 3.77 ERA)
Tuesday: Steven Wright, RHP (2-0, 3.65 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles, RHP (4-5, 4.91 ERA)
Wednesday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (6-8, 4-58 ERA) vs. Jarred Cosart, RHP (1-0, 0.96 ERA)
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday July 5 @ 8:10 PM
John Lackey, RHP (7-8, 3.23) vs Brett Oberholtzer, LHP (1-0, 3.77)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Tuesday, August 6 @ 8:10 PM
Steven Wright, RHP (2-0, 3.65) vs Jordan Lyles, RHP (4-5, 4.91)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...
Photo courtesy of the Houston Astros
The Boston Red Sox hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trip to Houston, Kansas City and Toronto. They begin with a three-game set against the Astros (36-74), the worst team in Major League Baseball. Boston (68-45) swept Seattle and took two of three against Arizona over the weekend. Now, they try to up their...