John Lackey SP BOS 5 Months

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution speculates that John Lackey could become an option for the Braves if Tim Hudson elects to sign elsewhere this winter.

Lackey of course remains under contract by the Red Sox, though they have an excess of starting pitching and could consider dealing him this offseason. The 35-year-old had a tremendous comeback season after missing the entire 2014 campaign, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 161/40 over 189 1/3 innings.

John Lackey SP BOS 6 Months

John Lackey pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run, to earn the win and clinch a World Series title for the Red Sox in Wednesday's Game 6.

Lackey's pitching left a lot to be desired -- he allowed nine hits and continually had to work out of jams -- but he didn't have to be great with a six-run lead and the Cardinals hitters' bats remaining ice cold. Over three appearances in the series, Lackey allowed four runs with a 11/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings. It's Lackey's first World Series victory since he secured the win -- also a clincher -- in Game 7 of the 2002 Series.

John Lackey SP BOS 6 Months

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Sunday that all of his relievers, and John Lackey, are available out of the bullpen for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday.

With the Red Sox staring at a 2-1 deficit, there's no assurance that they'll even survive to see a Game 6, which is where Lackey would be slated to pitch next. They'll certainly be looking to pull out all of the stops and utilize every available resource that they have when attempting to even up the series on Sunday.

John Lackey SP BOS 6 Months

John Lackey was charged with three runs over 6 1/3 frames in Thursday's World Series Game 2 loss to the Cardinals.

Lackey gave up five hits, walked two and struck out six. His final line doesn't look that great, but he pitched really well and was let down by the bullpen, as Craig Breslow let both inherited runners score in the seventh inning after relieving the righty. Lackey is set up to pitch Game 6 in Boston should the series last that long.

John Lackey SP BOS 6 Months

John Lackey will pitch Game 2 of the World Series.

Red Sox manager John Farrell made that news official on Tuesday. Clay Buchholz was the other option, but the Red Sox will save him for when the series shifts to St. Louis. Lackey will square off against Michael Wacha.

John Lackey SP BOS 6 Months

Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox are expected to start John Lackey in Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday.

Manager John Farrell indicated Monday that he had yet to decide on Lackey or Buchholz, but it appears that he'll go with the former on Thursday and the latter in Game 3 on Saturday. Lackey pitched Game 2 in the ALDS and Game 3 in the ALCS.

John Lackey SP BOS 6 Months

John Lackey was excellent Tuesday, striking out eight while holding the Tigers scoreless over 6 2/3 frames in a 1-0 win in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Lackey matched Justin Verlander pitch-for-pitch and, unlike Verlander, didn't have one big mistake that cost him. The veteran right-hander yielded just four hits and didn't walk anyone, escaping jams in the first and fifth innings. He wasn't happy when he was pulled with two outs in the seventh at 97 pitches, but Boston's bullpen closed things out. Jake Peavy will take on Doug Fister in Game 4 as the Tigers try to even the series.

John Lackey SP BOS 7 Months

John Lackey allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings but earned the win against the Rays on Saturday.

Lackey was far from dominant, as the Rays notched seven hits and three walks against the right-hander and left runners on base all night. Lackey did fan six in the game, though, and his counterpart, David Price, was even shakier, so Lackey earned the win despite the subpar outing. It was Lackey's first postseason win since the 2009 ALDS, when his former team, the Angels, beat his current team, the Red Sox.

John Lackey SP BOS 7 Months

John Lackey will not start for the Red Sox Sunday.

He had been scheduled for one final tune-up before the playoffs, but the Sox have decide to give Allen Webster the ball instead. Lackey's bounce-back season will end with a 3.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 29 starts.

John Lackey SP BOS 7 Months

John Lackey pitched a two-hitter in his 16th career complete game Thursday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-1 to clinch a postseason berth.

Lackey had a no-hitter going until Adam Jones destroyed a hanging slider with one out in the seventh. It could have counted as two homers as far as it went. Lackey, though, allowed just one more hit afterwards and finished up at a tidy 113 pitches, 82 of them strikes. It was his second complete game of this year, but the other was an eight-inning loss. He hadn't had a complete-game victory since 2009, his final year with the Angels.