John Lackey has been a disappointment. GM Theo Epstein inked him to a monster 5-year, $82.5m deal before the 2010 season and has yet to see any sort of return on his investment.
Lackey himself is the first to point out that he led the team in quality starts last season, but it was a terrible year. He somehow managed a 14-11 record but had a 4.40 ERA and a WHIP above 1.4. Had he and Felix Hernandez swapped teams, Lackey would have struggled to win five games.
His defenders said we would see the real John Lackey this season, and that last year he was just acclimating to his new surroundings.
Yet, somehow, he has been worse. Before he went on the DL on May 12, he had a 2-5 record and an 8.01 earned run average. Theo will hope and pray he bounces back. Here we look at why he never will.