Chicago Cubs: Time to start restocking the farm system cupboard

The Chicago Cubs were without a pick in the first or second round of last year’s First-Year Player Draft due to the signings of Jason Heyward and John Lackey. This year the Cubs get two–and need to keep the prospect train rolling. The success of the Chicago Cubs farm system and its ability to push talent […] Chicago Cubs: Time to start restocking the farm system cupboard ...
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1 day ago

Internal and External Options for Cubs’ Sixth-Man

As the Chicago Cubs look to repeat as World Series champs, they are currently seeking a little extra help in the starting rotation. With Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Mike Montgomery as the expected starting five, the need isn’t urgent, but adding quality depth now could be the difference between another […]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Sports Daily
November 07, 2016  |  Discuss

DPD: Lackey Needs to Turn it Around for the Cubs

After a razor-thin 1-0 loss on Friday night, the Cubs turn to experience to try regain their home-field advantage. It won’t be easy, as the Indians are turning to a recent Cy Young winner who has been nearly impossible to solve this postseason. Check ’em out! Corey Kluber (CLE) versus John Lackey (CHC) 8:00 p.m. ET, FOX It may be a little ballsy to go to Kluber on three days...
Via The Sports Post
October 29, 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...
Via Fangraphs
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...
Via Fangraphs
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

Chicago Cubs: How has John Lackey fared against his former team?

John Lackey faced the St. Louis Cardinals for the third time this season on Monday night. Lackey pitched a solid game, but he took a lose in a 3-2 defeat. Over the three outings Lackey has pitched against his former team, the Chicago Cubs are 1-2. Lackey himself is 1-1 against the Cardinals with his second outing being a no decision. He went seven strong innings in both of his...
June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

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