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John Lackey rocked again as ERA rises to 7.34

Jul 4, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

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Last week John Lackey denied speculation that he may need Tommy John elbow surgery and then tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball against the Phillies, but the Red Sox right-hander was back to his old tricks this afternoon.

Lackey failed to make it out of the third inning versus the Blue Jays, coughing up seven runs while recording just seven outs, and was booed off the mound at Fenway Park.

Lackey allowed nine hits in 2.1 innings, including a homer to Aaron Hill, and his ERA now stands at a hideous 7.34.

Boston can demote him to the bullpen or place him back on the disabled list, but with Lackey owed $15.25 million this season with the same salary due in 2012, 2013, and 2014 he’s going to be their problem for a while.

So far the Red Sox have paid him about $23 million for 287 innings of 5.14 ERA pitching.

  1. bravemarco87 - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Buyer beware! Or is it buyers remorse?

  2. jhorton83 - Jul 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    I think Lackey’s contract may end up being on the same level of legendary awfulness as Pavano’s Yankee contract when it’s all said and done.

    • bigharold - Jul 4, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      “… the same level of legendary awfulness as Pavano’s Yankee contract when it’s all said and done.”

      I’m not an economist nor did I sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night but Shalackey is getting more than twice the money Pavano got. Even adjusted for inflation the RS are taking a bigger beating here.

      The real question is Crawford shaping up to be Drew part 2? Seems like Drew, sub-par production and WAY below expectations for twice the money.

      Considering the way the RS do business unless both of these guys bounce back it will hamstring them for years in the FA market.

      • fquaye149 - Jul 4, 2011 at 3:36 PM

        JD drew in the last three years with the Red Sox has accumulated 10.8 WAR. He has hit .270/.379/.475 over that period with a 126 OPS+. I’m not sure in what world that equates to sub-par. Although it is true he doesn’t throw a temper tantrum every time he makes an out, so there’s that.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:18 PM

        Yeah, but at least Lackey has been healthy enough to go out there and get shellacked every one game. Pavano couldn’t even give the Yankees that. In Pavano’s defense though, there’s no way Lackey could pull off the porn stache.

    • pisano - Jul 4, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Guess what, he cost twice as much as Pavano. As long as he’s in their rotation they can forget about anymore five game winning streaks unless they score at least ten runs for him.

  3. 4d3fect - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    The only glee Angels fans will experience all year is this schadenfreude.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    The Jays teased the Red Sox and their fans today. They pretended to let the Sox into the game and even used Frank Francisco as their closer. After a lead off single and stolen base by Ellsbury, Francisco struck out the next 3 batters.

    • pisano - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      And we all thank him for doing so.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      I really thought they were going to blow that one after getting a 7 run lead. I even turned it off because I was disgusted watching it. Turned it back on to see Francisco strike out that little troll Pedroia and back on again to see him K Narvarro.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 4, 2011 at 6:06 PM

      Today we saw Francisco after not being used over the weekend. Could that be the secret?, maybe more rest between games because he looked solid today, allowing only a hit to Ellsbury in the 9th. And seriously, that was the home town scorer awarding the single to Ellsbury, on a play that Hill has to make.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    I’m also impressed that there have been 10 comments on this piece and not one person has accused any of us of being insensitive because his wife has cancer. I’m sure it will come though.

  6. axltcu - Jul 4, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    If it wasn’t for Lackey’s ridiculous contract the Sox could have been in the running for Cliff Lee.

  7. xmatt0926x - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    I’m a Phillies fan and they never should be used as a barometer for how good the opposing starters are. The Phillies offense stinks and the worst pitchers only give up 2 or 3 runs against the Phils. Lackey still sucks. Trust me.

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