John Lackey SP STL 17 hours ago

Lackey gave up three runs on six hits over five innings while striking out two and walking a pair in a loss to the Royals on Saturday night.

The game was called after the top of the sixth inning due to rain, which prevented Lackey from getting deeper into the start as he had only through 68 pitches through five frames. He'll face the Dodgers in a home start Friday his next time out.

John Lackey SP STL 6 days ago

Lackey was strong in a no-decision Monday, going seven innings and allowing only one run against the Mets.

Lackey struck out six while walking none and allowing just three hits. The veteran has been on a roll this month, allowing just five runs in 26 May innings. He'll look to continue his strong pitching when he takes the bump this weekend against the Royals.

John Lackey SP STL 2 weeks ago

Lackey (2-2) walked five and allowed five hits over 5.2 innings Wednesday in Cleveland, but limited the damage to just two runs, though he still took the loss.

Lackey was on the other end of Corey Kluber's 18-strikeout masterpiece, making his inefficient outing -- 105 pitches for 16 outs -- look particularly pathetic. The veteran righty doesn't usually have control problems like this, though, and he's been surprisingly solid in the early going, although an inflated xFIP (4.33) isn't terribly promising. All in all, fantasy owners would be wise to consider Lackey unchanged from the mediocre pitcher he's been for the last few years. He'll next draw the Mets at Citi Field on Monday.

John Lackey SP STL 2 weeks ago

Lackey (2-1) dominated the Cubs over 7.2 innings Thursday, striking out 10 while allowing just one run on five hits and a walk.

It's been a funny start to the year for Lackey -- he struck out eight Brewers on April 16, but a total of only 10 hitters in his other four starts combined. Lackey's been fairly effective so far, carving out surprising fantasy value, but with his general lack of strikeouts, it's wise to expect his ERA to inflate from its current 3.20 figure.

John Lackey SP STL 3 weeks ago

Lackey supplied a quality start on Saturday, allowing just one run on six hits and three walks through six innings, striking out four.

It took the Cards 11 innings to get the victory, denying Lackey a decision, but otherwise it was a strong effort from the veteran hurler. His 18:8 K:BB ratio in 31.2 innings isn't impressive, but he has wrestled his ERA down to a semi-respectable 3.69. He's schedule to face Jake Arreita and the Cubs at home next week as Lackey looks for his second win of the season.

John Lackey SP STL 4 weeks ago

Lackey gave up three runs on nine hits over seven innings in a loss to the Phillies on Monday night.

He continues to struggle to miss bats, generating just five swinging strikes Monday night and finishing with one strikeout. Lackey fanned eight against the Brewers in his second start of the season April 16, but he's tallied six strikeouts in his other three starts combined. A home start against the Pirates on Saturday is on tap for his next turn in the rotation.

John Lackey SP STL 1 month ago

Lackey gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk over 5.2 innings Wednesday in Washington. He struck out four and didn't receive a decision in the eventual win.

Lackey was staked to a 5-0 lead, then gave it all back in the third inning. He settled down thereafter, but it wasn't enough to end up with the win, as the Cardinals didn't score again until late. The big righty has now put together two ugly starts and one outstanding one, leaving fantasy owners a bit puzzled as to who's the real 2015 version of Lackey. Maybe it's both -- he's never been very consistent.

John Lackey SP STL 1 month ago

Lackey (1-0) dominated the Brewers on Thursday, tossing seven shutout innings while striking out eight. He allowed just five hits and a single walk.

This was a terrific turnaround from Lackey from his season debut, in which he had more walks than strikeouts and gave up two homers against the Reds. However, Lackey's mediocre track record over the last four years makes him a middling fantasy option at best.

John Lackey SP STL 1 month ago

Lackey turned in an average performance Friday against the Reds, pitching six innings while surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks, striking out just one.

Joey Votto was the main source of Lackey's problems as the star first baseman clubbed two two-run home runs. Owners should have little concern as it could have been a very different outcome for the veteran Lackey, the other two hits he gave up were singles and was efficient, throwing just 67 pitches. Expect a better result the next time out.

John Lackey SP STL 2 months ago

Lackey will start Friday's series opener against the Reds.

The Cardinals will keep their rotation order intact despite Tuesday's rainout, with Lance Lynne starting Wednesday followed by Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez against Cincinnati.