Projecting John Lackey at 38 and Beyond

John Lackey enters 2017 at 38, after 14 years and almost 2700 innings in the major leagues. The sample of starters who have been pitching at that age, let alone having success, is relatively small. Lackey’s made it there; what then should—or could—we expect from him? The projections naturally give us a starting point. PECOTA […]
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Daily Cubs Clip Fix (2/20/17): Rizzo as Bryant, Lester & Lackey Throw Live BP, Heyward Goes Deep, & More

The weekend rain was good news for the otherwise arid Arizona desert but it meant the Cubs’ first full-team workout got delayed until today. Going into the opening workout there had been a lot of talk that Joe Maddon was going to be rolling out a big surprise but the fields were too wet…maybe tomorrow? We’ll be there if something does happen, so be sure to check CI for all...
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1 day ago

Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award

The Tony Conigliaro Award is one of the most intriguing awards in sports. Given by the Red Sox every year to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies overcoming hurdles to play the game. The award is given in Conigliaro’s name because of the way that he came back from being hit in the face by a pitch and managing to come back and lead the American League in home runs...
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1 day ago

Chicago Cubs: The importance of John Lackey in 2017

With the Chicago Cubs constantly looking for more pitching, John Lackey seems to be the forgotten man. Signed last offseason as the No. 3 starter, Cubs’ fans were excited about his playoff pedigree. But it didn’t work out as planned. When the Chicago Cubs signed John Lackey last season, it was a big win as […] Chicago Cubs: The importance of John Lackey in 2017 - Cubbies Crib...
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9 days ago

LOOK: Jake Arrieta shaves beard after World Series win

It’s hard to remember what Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta looks like without a beard. Well, we now know, as it appears he shaved his beard at some point after the team won the World Series. John Lackey’s wife, Kristina, tweeted out a picture with her family standing next to Arrieta’s. And yes, the guy in the Van Halen shirt, who doesn’t have any facial hair, that is...
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November 07, 2016  |  Discuss

John Lackey, Umpires, and the Strike Zone

John Lackey might be slightly overlooked on a Chicago Cubs team that’s almost ideally constructed. He isn’t young and he isn’t really a star — which tend to be the two traits that earn a player attention during the postseason. He is an above-average pitcher, though, and as the Cubs’ starter for Game Four of the World Series, he’s in a position to exert some influence...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

John Lackey Did Not Enjoy Being Removed From Cubs’ NLCS Game 4 One Bit

John Lackey, like most Major League Baseball players, is a competitor. Unlike some, he has absolutely zero problem showing it. The veteran right-hander got the start for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night in Game 4 of their National League Championship Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched pretty well, too, keeping the Dodgers off the board through the first...
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

John Lackey Versus Lefties in 2016

The 2015 season represented the worst of John Lackey‘s career in terms of facing left-handed batters. He rectified that split this year, which is probably just because the balls bounced differently. But it’s also notable that the Cubs’ Game 4 starter changed his approach against lefties this season. He’s mimicking a strategy he last used in 2011, the worst year of his career...
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October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

John Lackey bemoans how baseball is ‘getting really soft’

Chicago Cubs pitcher John Lackey has cultivated a reputation of having a gruff, no-nonsense personality with little patience for things that bother him. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as much a surprise that when asked about what annoys him about baseball, it’s something to do with how the modern version of baseball lacks the toughness of previous eras. Lackey conducted an...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Pokemon Go Craze Somehow Has Completely Missed John Lackey, David Ross

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’re well aware of Pokémon Go by now. Well, apparently John Lackey has been living under a rock. The popular augmented reality app that’s sweeping the nation has spread to the Chicago Cubs’ clubhouse, where pitcher Jason Hammel says he’s already “caught” a few Pokémon. But when’s Jesse Rogers asked...
July 21, 2016  |  Discuss

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