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Report: Cubs interested in Yu Darvish

Jake Arrieta may not be back this offseason, but could the Chicago Cubs be bringing in another All-Star righty to take his place?According to a report by 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine on Saturday, the Cubs are eyeing a number of pitchers and “kicking the tires” on Yu Darvish. The reigning NL Central winners’ interest in Darvish had also been mentioned earlier this week by Japanese...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 16, 2017  |  Discuss

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
November 07, 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

Joe Maddon considers how Willson Contreras’ background impacts temperament

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras found himself in some hot water over how he lost his temper in Friday’s game against St. Louis, but he has a rather nuanced defender in his manager.Contreras was suspended for two games over an altercation with home plate umpire Jordan Baker that also got his pitcher, John Lackey, tossed from the game. Contreras was aggrieved over a perceived...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 16, 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

John Lackey makes history, hits four batters in one game

Tuesday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox got chippy. Both benches were warned when White Sox pitcher Chris Beck hit Ian Happ with a pitch. That came after Cubs pitcher John Lackey hit some batters on his own, making team history in the process. Indeed.Lackey struck Jose Abreu in the first inning. Over the course of four batters in the fifth inning, Lackey hit...
Via Sportsnaut
July 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Dexter Fowler gets World Series ring from Cubs, promptly hits lead-off homer

Friday marked Dexter Fowler’s return to Wrigley Field for the first time since leaving the Chicago Cubs. It was certainly a memorable return.Prior to the game, Fowler, now with the St. Louis Cardinals, finally received his well earned World Series ring. Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo presented the ring to Fowler in a pregame ceremony, which included a standing ovation from the Wrigley...
Via Sportsnaut
June 02, 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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