What can I say? He's awful. He blows a game, everybody criticizes him, and then he comes out and gets a win.
Lackey is six and eight in 14 games with a 6.84 ERA... And he's getting paid almost $16 million this year.
Some athletes have bad seasons, but this is hard to watch.
Turning on a game when Lackey is pitching is now like turning on a game when Dice-K was pitching.
You never know what to expect. Seven earned runs on seven outs? Or shut out? Who knows, but more likely than not you will be disappointed this year when Lackey takes the mound.
John Lackey's 2010 season was perfectly fine; I think too much was expected of him. A 14-11 record is fine by me when you lost as much run support as he did because of the injury plagued clubhouse.
This year has just been downright brutal.
Lackey was expected to return this season and be the pitcher Theo Epstein was paying for. Who knows what it might take for Lackey to be the pitcher he was in Anaheim. Tommy-John? If that's what it takes.
He may be detrimental to the club now, but he better improve because he's under contract for 3 1/2 more years.