John Lackey is off to a very rough start this year. He's already got 3 games where he's allowed at least 8 earned runs. You have to go back to 2006 to find a pitcher with at least 4 such games in an entire season, much less so early in a season:
|1||Taylor Buchholz||2006||4||Ind. Games|
|2||John Lackey||2011||3||Ind. Games|
|3||A.J. Burnett||2010||3||Ind. Games|
|4||Ricky Nolasco||2009||3||Ind. Games|
|5||Mike Pelfrey||2009||3||Ind. Games|
|6||Brian Tallet||2009||3||Ind. Games|
|7||Brandon Backe||2008||3||Ind. Games|
|8||R.A. Dickey||2008||3||Ind. Games|
|9||Josh Beckett||2006||3||Ind. Games|
|10||Mark Mulder||2006||3||Ind. Games|
|11||Eric Milton||2005||3||Ind. Games|
|12||Jamey Wright||2005||3||Ind. Games|
To get a sense of just how bad it is, Lackey is just the 3rd pitcher since 1919 to have 3 games with 8+ earned runs in his team's first 37 games of the season:
|1||Claude Willoughby||1930||3||Ind. Games|
|2||Ray Scarborough||1949||3||Ind. Games|
|3||John Lackey||2011||3||Ind. Games|
For some reason, it hasn't been very widely reported that Lackey's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer during the off-season. Even if her prognosis is good, that's a tough situation to go through. Dealing with the medical issues alone takes up a lot of time and energy, and that's before considering the anxiety and anguish that can occur as well.
From a baseball standpoint, Lackey's poor performance may be because his thoughts are with his wife. Life is way more important than baseball and I can't blame Lackey if his focus on the field isn't as good as in previous seasons. Hopefully she will get through it and get a clean bill of health, and, secondarily, Lackey can get back to pitching to his capability.
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