To say that John Lackey has been horrible for the sub-.500 Boston Red Sox this season would be a horrific understatement. As of Thursday, Lackey was toting a 2-5 record to go along with an 8.01 ERA. The right-hander has managed only 19 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched and opponents are hitting .317 against him. He may not be Greg Maddux, but he’s no Anthony Young either. Something is obviously wrong.
After his latest shellacking — a nine-hit, nine-run, five-walk meltdown against the Blue Jays Wednesday night — Lackey sat at the podium and fielded questions from the normally ruthless Boston media. The only problem for the writers is that it was too easy, making the interview almost uncomfortable.
“I’ll keeping working hard,” Lackey told the media Wednesday night via WEEI.com. “It’s got to turn sometime. Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you.”