John Lackey’s struggles during his first three seasons were well-documented. Lackey underperformed through much of 2010 and 2011 before Tommy John Surgery cost him the 2012 season.
But he’s put that behind him in 2013, as Lackey has looked like the pitcher the Red Sox thought they were getting when they pried him away from Anaheim in the 2009-2010 offseason. Tonight was more of the same for Lackey, allowing one unearned run on two hits and three walks while striking out eight over seven innings in the Red Sox 8-1 win over Cleveland. His ERA dropped to 2.72.
“I think it’s a testament to the work that he puts in in between starts,” said Red Sox Manager John Farrell. “As far as execution it’s been a high number of first-pitch strikes, he’s been ahead in the count. Not just in the last two starts but a majority of this year.”
To hear more of what Farrell had to say, click the video above.