The woes of John Lackey
Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey has been going through many ordeals this season, and amidst a barrage of speculators asking if he needs Tommy John surgery, he hurls another spotty performance.
Lackey recently denied the rumors that he needed elbow surgery, and then pitched a two-run 7.2 inning outing against the NL east-leading Philadelphia Phillies, according to Hardball Talk. But this strong outing was a mere outlier from his less-than-productive season, as he was back to his usual struggle as he took the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays on Independence Day.
Lackey failed to make it out of the third inning as the Blue Jays bats seemed to be hotter than the fireworks that pierced the sky on Monday night. The Blue Jays hit 9-for-16 at the plate against Lackey, according to the Providence Journal, and though some of the hits were not totally Lackey’s fault, the rest of them were.
Lackey added another notch to his league-leading ERA, as it now hit a whopping 7.47, and to say Lackey is playing a tad off his pace this year is an extreme understatement. Lackey has won at least 10 games in eight straight years, and even led the league in ERA at one point in his career (2007).
The Red Sox are going to have to make a decision soon on whether to keep putting him out on the mound or to demote him, but with the pay that Lackey is getting, if he continues to struggle, Boston will have to deal with the problem for a long time.