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Sep 24, 2014
John Lackey allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.
Viva El Birdos Sep 25, 2014

Did a rotation turn off resurrect John Lackey's dead arm?

It appears that a rotation turn off has rejuvenated John Lackey's once-dead arm. The concerning velocity drop on John Lackey's fastball precipitated the veteran righty declaring that he was afflicted with a case of the dead arm and explaining that he was experiencing some troubles getting his throwing shoulder loose. The Cardinals responded by giving Lackey a rotation turn off, much to the salty bulldog's chagrin. Dead arm being more a nebulous baseball term of art than concrete medical diagnosis, so it was unclear whether the short respite would successfully resurrect Lackey's throwing...

Arrieta outpitches Lackey as Cubs beat Cards, 3-1

Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings to outduel St. Louis' John Lackey and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night.
Rotoworld Sep 24, 2014

Lackey allows two runs in loss to the Cubs - John Lackey (S) St Louis Cardinals

John Lackey allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.
Viva El Birdos Sep 20, 2014

The case for an eight man October bullpen

It's all about matchups. On yesterday's podcast, Ben and Craig did a rundown of what the playoff rotation and bullpen might look like for the Cardinals in October. Recorded on Thursday night, that was before the walkoff win against Milwaukee, which pretty well clinched the Cardinals playoff chances, as well as the 7 1/3 innings of work by John Lackey last night, which probably solidified his spot in the playoff rotation. Michael Wacha will get his chance to do so tonight. That's the thing about debates this time of year: They tend to age in a matter of hours. Friday's game wasn't without...
KFFL Sep 14, 2014

Cardinals | John Lackey to be skipped

St. Louis Cardinals SP John Lackey (arm) will have his start skipped in the team's ...

Cardinals' Lackey ejected early in Reds' 4-2 win

John Lackey believed his pitches were strikes. The home plate umpire disagreed and ended the St. Louis Cardinals starter's night early.
KFFL Sep 10, 2014

Cardinals | John Lackey ejected

St. Louis Cardinals SP John Lackey was ejected in the third inning of his start ...
Viva El Birdos Sep 8, 2014

John Lackey's declining velocity a concern for the Cardinals

John Lackey has had his share of good and bad performances since coming over at the trade deadline. Some of the poor performances could be due to luck given his track record, but declining velocity on his fastball is not a good sign for the aging right-hander. John Lackey's first seven starts provide a good template for using numbers to mean whatever you want them to. To wit: Lackey's ERA with the Cardinals is 4.87 to go along with an equally unhealthy 4.62 FIP. Take away Lackey's 9-run bomb against the Orioles, and his ERA is just 3.43 and a FIP also under 4. In four of his seven...

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