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John Lackey earns first win since 2011

Apr 28, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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Making his first start since April 6, Red Sox starter John Lackey limited the Astros to one run over six innings, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out four. The outing gave Lackey his first win since August 23, 2011 against the Rangers.

Lackey had been on the disabled list with a right biceps strain. Now healthy, the right-hander was able to throw his fastball consistently in the low 90′s and hit as high as 94 MPH. Lackey’s health is a concern for the Red Sox as he missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Though his outing today is comforting, the Astros aren’t exactly a powerhouse offense as they barely average four runs per game (4.04, fifth-worst in the AL). Lackey’s real test will come on Saturday when he faces the Rangers on the road.

  1. themuddychicken - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I’d say this final rehab start went pretty well.

  2. uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Bill, unless I’m mistaken Morales got the win in that game NOT Lackey. The game was tied 4-4 through 7 innings. It went 14 innings when the Sox scored 3 runs, Morales got the win

    • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Lackey’s last win was Aug. 23, 2011 against Texas

      • Bill Baer - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Thanks for the correction, I was looking in the team result column in his game log.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=lackejo01&t=p&year=2011

      • quintjs - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        are the people giving a thumbs down for the first comment the same ones who are positive on the second?

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Am I the only one who actually thought his start was sort of shaky?

    It turned out well, but he got into trouble a couple times against some really really bad hitters.

    Obviously you can’t complain too much anytime your started goes 6 and only gives up 1, but it will be interesting to see how he does against major league competition.

    #Cautiouslyoptimistic….Iguess.

    • themuddychicken - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      I figured #Cautiouslyoptimistic was the name of the game with him right now anyway. That’s where I am.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Definitely.

        Seeing him get into a couple of jams (especially in the 1st inning) against a AA team was like “Ok, here we go”….

        But he did settle down for the most part so we shall see. I was surprised he only put 7 guys on in 6 innings….I guess it seemed like more since they were almost entirely contained to the 2 troublesome innings.

  4. j0esixpack - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    It will be interesting to see what this team can do as the team begins go gel, fully healthy, and as the weather warms up.

  5. hittfamily - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Anyone remember 2011 when the Sox tried to trade for Bruce Chen on the last day of the season to pitch the last game of the season because they didn’t trust Lackey. Hilarious.

    • badintent - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      no, thank you for reminding us. Send lacky back to Red Sox, let him bring some chicken wings and a six pack,Ortiz is hungry and thirsty.

      • buggieowens - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:07 AM

        You would be thirsty and hungry too if you played on a team that (currently) has the best record in baseball.

      • badintent - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        @buggieowens
        Enjoy it while you can. You know when the Yankee big bats come back in June, The Man, Frank gonna sing over and over and over. “Start spreading the news. I want to wake up in the City that kicks ass in NBA and MLB.My Bad, I forgot NFL too.Your hockey team is bette,r I give you that.

  6. randygnyc - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    *Astros

    • drewzducks - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      *Blue Jays

  7. randygnyc - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Drew- the Jays are easily the best 9win team in baseball (yes, that includes the Angels) and the Astros are tied with the Marlins as the worst team in baseball.

    • paperlions - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      There is no such thing as being the best 9-win team in baseball, all 9-win teams are equally bad….some were just more over-rated due to off-season noise than others.

  8. sawxalicious - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Lackey was a pretty decent pitcher once upon a time. Hopefully his entire ared Sox career to this point can be blamed on injury and he can now be productive…probably not, but here’s hoping!

    • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      The Sox don’t really need him to be the pitcher they paid him to be. I believe his injury status means that Boston gets an extra year of his services at league minimum. (Cot’s: 2015 club option at Major League minimum salary if Lackey misses significant time with surgery for pre-existing elbow injury in 2010-14.)

      http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/al-east/boston-red-sox/

      So, instead of two years for $31 million, he’s now at three years for $32 million. Moreover, given that Lester, Buchholz, and Dempster (!) have been so good, Lackey only needs to be — at best — the 4th starter.

      If he gives five-ish innings per start, gives up three-ish runs, and hands it over to the bullpen, I think the Red Sox will take that. It wouldn’t be acceptable for a staff ace, but it’s fine for a 4th or 5th starter.

      Lastly, if the Sox do fall out of contention (which I think is still quite possible [I'm a fan, but I hardly believe they're the Best Team in Baseball], given the age and injury status of some key pieces; plus, I don’t really believe Dempster is this good), Lackey would make an appealing deadline acquisition — two-plus years for $25 million is quite manageable — for a team that needs another starter, which teams always do. Meanwhile, Boston can call up some combination of DeRosa and/or Webster to take Lackey’s spot in 2014.

  9. theskinsman - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Forget the which opponent was worse …what team has the best record in MLB???

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