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Lackey Returning for 2018 Something Cubs Are ‘Going to Talk About’

I’ll take “Eleven-word horror stories” for $2,000, Alex. We learned last week that John Lackey planned to pitch again in 2018, which was at least mildly surprising. Then again, Lackey is a helluva competitor and the starting pitching market isn’t exactly brimming with talent. He can probably pull down a decent payday to hold down a spot at the bottom of someone’s rotation, which...
Via Cubs Insider
4 days ago

Report: John Lackey not retiring, planning to pitch in 2018

Retirement is not in the plans of pending free agent John Lackey. According to Jon Heyman, Lackey, who pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 2017, is planning on returning to MLB in 2018. Lackey, 39, broke into the league in 2002 as a member of the then Anaheim Angels. With the exception of the 2012 season, which he missed with an injury, he’s remained active in the big leagues ever since...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs’ new pitching coach may give team better shot at signing Rays pitcher

With Jake Arrieta’s free agency looming, the Chicago Cubs may be positioning themselves to land another right-handed starter just in case.Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that the Cubs are hiring ex-Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey to the same position. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had reported Wednesday that whichever team landed Hickey could have an...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon delivers classic quote about not pitching Wade Davis in Game 2

Joe Maddon made one of the more puzzling decisions of the MLB postseason on Sunday night when he chose not to bring closer Wade Davis into the 9th inning of a tie game, and the Chicago Cubs manager had an awesome way of explaining himself the following day.When asked on Tuesday about his questionable decision to pitch John Lackey — who gave up a three-run homer to lose the game ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 16, 2017  |  Discuss

About That Pitch to Justin Turner

We all know that John Lackey‘s 0-1 sinker down and in to Justin Turner last night was deposited by the Dodgers third baseman into the outfield seats, resulting in a walk-off win for the home team in Game 2 of National League Championship Series. It’s possible, however, that the Cubs actually lost the game a moment before that — not when Turner’s fly ball cleared the outfield fence...
Via Fangraphs
October 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon should not have gone to John Lackey in Game 2

Up until the final game of the regular season, John Lackey had never made a relief appearance during any regular season. In it — an eventual 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds — Lackey tossed one inning, surrendering one run (earned) on two hits and ultimately taking the loss.Of Lackey’s 28 postseason appearances, five have come in relief. In those, he’s tossed eight innings, allowing...
Via The Sports Post
October 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Jon Lester hints that John Lackey will retire after season

Is John Lackey headed for retirement after the season? One teammate certainly seems to think so.Lackey pitched six innings of two-hit ball and got the win as his Chicago Cubs clinched the NL Central title with a 5-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.As the team was celebrating their playoff berth following the game, Jon Lester gave a toast in which he hinted that Lackey would...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 28, 2017  |  Discuss

John Lackey has priceless comment about his ejection

John Lackey was predictably peeved about being ejected from the Chicago Cubs’ game on Friday.Lackey was facing St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez in the fifth and had a 2-2 count with two on and two outs. He threw what he — and even Martinez — felt was strike three, but the pitch was called a ball. Given a second life, Martinez singled to break a 1-1 tie and give the Cardinals the lead.Lackey...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 16, 2017  |  Discuss

John Lackey and Willson Contreras went off on umpire over missed strike call, got ejected

Cubs veteran pitcher John Lackey believed he had struck out a batter to end the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Cardinals, but the umpire behind the plate didn’t see it that way.Lackey appeared to throw a strike that Carlos Martinez took, and it would’ve ended the inning. The umpire called it a ball, though. You can be the judge as to whether or not it was a strike. It...
Via The Sports Daily
September 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Graphic fail states John Lackey ‘eating 4.2 children per start’

Chicago Cubs pitcher John Lackey took the mound at Wrigely Field Tuesday night for a start against the Cincinnati Reds. And a comical graphic fail put up during the television broadcast stated Lackey has a habit of eating children during his starts.Wait. What?During the top of the 2nd inning and the Cubs up 3-1, a graphic was put up that read Lackey is “Eating 4.2 Children Per Start...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 18, 2017  |  Discuss

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