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Lackey (14-9) picked up the win on Friday against the Reds as he gave up one run on six hits over 7.2 innings pitched, while striking out five hitters in the process.
The Cardinals veteran pitcher picked a great night to bounce back from his last two starts as he stayed ahead of hitters all night. Lackey didn't allow a walk and admitted to reporters that the added rest may have been beneficial after being pushed back in the rotation. Lackey will next take the mound on Wednesday against the Cubs in Chicago.
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Lackey will start Friday against the Reds, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports.
Lackey's frustration seemed to boiled over his last time out, as he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after giving up two runs in just two innings against Cincinnati. Sensing he could use a breather, manager Mike Matheny decided to skip Lackey one time through the rotation, but he'll return to oppose David Holmberg in Friday's series opener.
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Lackey will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, placing him on track to start Friday's game, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Cardinals made the call to skip Lackey's start Tuesday in order to allow Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller to pitch on normal rest. Lackey has struggled of late, allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits over his last two starts (8.0 innings), so the team hopes the extra day off will allow him to be as physically ready as possible for Friday's projected start against Cincinnati.
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Lackey will have his Tuesday start skipped to allow Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright, and Shelby Miller to continue to pitch on normal rest, MLB.com reports.
Lackey hasn't been sharp over his last three starts and Matheny is giving him some rest to try and get him back to 100 percent both physically and mentally.
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Lackey was tossed from Wednesday's game mid-batter to start the third inning after arguing with home plate umpire Tom Hallion about balls and strikes.
It was a bizarre scene as Hallion stepped out to signal to Lackey to stop talking and the Cardinals' starter seemed to calm down and then Hallion ejected him in the middle of Brayan Pena's at-bat. Lackey gave up two runs on four hits and a walk before getting ejected, but a win and a quality start were still attainable before his ejection, so this is pretty unfortunate for Lackey's owners. Tyler Lyons came in to relieve Lackey with no outs recorded in the third inning.
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Lackey allowed six runs on nine hits over six innings pitched, while striking out six hitters against the Brewers on Friday in taking the loss.
Since being traded from the Red Sox, Lackey has had mostly good results with his starts. Unfortunately, in the two bad starts he threw he allowed 15 runs in 11 innings pitched to bump up his ERA to 4.87. Lackey will look to get back on track as he faces the Reds on Wednesday.
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Lackey allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six in 6.1 innings in the Cardinals' 9-6 win over the Cubs on Sunday.
Lackey has settled down after allowing nine runs on August 9. He's put together four straight starts allowing two earned runs or less. His season ERA sits a 3.74. He'll take the mound again Wednesday to face the Reds.
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Lackey won Monday against the Pirates as he pitched seven innings and allowed one run, seven hits and one walk to go along with three strikeouts.
Lackey has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his five starts with the Cardinals. He has had a nice transition to the National League so far and the Cardinals will continue to rely on him to provide quality innings down the stretch.
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Lackey pitched six innings, allowing four runs (two earned ) on four hits and one walk while striking out seven batter before picking up a no-decision in Tuesday's game against the Reds.
In Lackey's first four starts with the Cardinals, he has sandwiched in three quality starts around one clunker (that being his start on August 9 at Baltimore, where he allowed nine runs on 13 hits and two walks in five innings pitched). Altogether, Lackey is still having a decent season, with a 3.88 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 135:38 K:BB ratio in 162.1 innings pitched this year. Lackey's next start is set for Monday on the road against the Pirates.
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Lackey did not factor in Thursday's decision, but made a quality start, allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings.
Lackey has made three starts with the Cardinals, and has two great outings under his belt as well as a nine-run stinker. He'll look to build on Thursday's solid start in his next turn, which will come at home against Cincinnati.