Free Agent Focus: John Lackey
Going into the off-season one thing that the Mets wanted to improve upon was their pitching. Mets had many problems with their starters last year, most of them being injuries. Going into the season it was thought their starting rotation would be Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez, John Maine and Livan Hernandez. Only Pelfrey would actually stay relatively healthy the whole season, but even he didn’t pitch 200 innings and posted a 5.03 ERA while doing it.
For starting pitching their ERA ranked 23rd in the MLB, 28th in walks and 24th in strikeouts. With injury questions and skill level question in the rotation the Mets will look to acquire a number 2 pitcher this off-season. However, the free agent market for great pitchers is limited and the only name that stands out is John Lackey.
John Lackey went 11-8 last year with a 3.83 ERA, 139 strikeouts and only 47 walks. He did only start 27 games and pitch 176.1 innings, which could be a concern for the Mets. He also turned in a great post-season performance which is sure to up his value. Lackey’s best year come in 2007 19-9 with a 3.01 ERA, 179 strikeouts, 52 walks and 224 innings pitched.
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