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John Lackey
Birthdate: 10/23/1978 (38 y, 5 m)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-6/245     Position: P
Drafted: 1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 17, Overall: 68, Team: Anaheim Angels
Contract: $32M / 2 Years (2016 - 2017)
RotoWire News: Lackey said he's leaning toward coming back in 2018 rather than retiring, CSN Chicago reports. (3/19/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: John Lackey's first year in Chicago was something of a mixed bag. There were some positives, including a strikeout rate that, at 8.60 per nine, came in at its highest since 2005. He also maintained a low WHIP, at 1.06. And while his 3.35 ERA and 3.81 FIP both represented increases from 2015, they still each managed to come in below his career averages. Even with a declining ground ball rate, opposing hitters still went for a .255 batting average on balls in play, meaning that it's likely that Lackey was bailed out regularly by a historically good defense. He'll want to get that GB% back to the upper-40s where it's been for two of the last three years in order to prevent a regression in that regard. Also something of a concern is that despite a low BABIP, opposing hitters made strong contact off of Lackey, to the point where a 34.4% Hard% was the highest of his career. That, along with an increased 2.53 walks per nine innings, could indicate that a regression is on the way for Lackey. His WHIP will almost certainly rise back toward his career average of 1.30, while his strikeout rate will also likely regress back closer to the mean. Those factors make Lackey a tough sell as a legitimate fantasy option beyond anything more than a stopgap starter. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: John Lackey experienced some success in 2016, with a 1.06 WHIP that complemented a higher-than-his-average 8.60 K/9. At the same time, with an increased walk rate and opposing hitters making stronger-than-ever contact off of him, a regression from those numbers could be on the way.

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