2011 Red Sox Community Projections: The Lackey Disaster

Few players on the Red Sox had a more impressive year than John Lackey.

Oh, you may laugh and scoff, but consider this: only twice before has a pitcher managed 160 innings of work while playing as terribly as John Lackey did according to ERA+. The other two, for the record, are Jose Lima in '05 and Hub Pruett in 1927. Aside from a short stint of average pitching in July, Lackey was completely without merit for the season, offering up 6+ runs about as often as he managed a quality start.

Yes, John Lackey was historically bad, and that is, in its own special way, impressive. It's also unpredictable, it turns out.

IP Wins ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 FIP
John Lackey 160 12 6.41 1.62 6.08 3.15 4.71
Username IP Wins ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 FIP
RSNexile 220 15 3.90 1.30 6.70 2.80 3.80
Drabidea 210 15 4.00 1.32 6.85 2.40 3.70
Brogshan 208 15 3.79 1.28 6.99 2.43 3.85
Tarrsk 216 14 4.09 1.32 6.95 2.63 3.88
Jason A 213 19 3.69 1.28 7.04 2.45
Dsharp 222 16 3.93 1.29 6.82 2.37 3.73
Rogue Nine 218 17 3.82 1.25 7.20 2.30 3.95
GroundRuleTriple90 210 16 3.87 1.28 6.91 2.35
Totheights 228 16 4.11 1.21 6.66 1.98 3.69
Nuthinboutnuthin 211 16 3.81 1.34 7.02 2.92 3.77
Mmmmm 220 16 3.92 1.31 7.00 2.00 3.75
Theartolater 207 18 3.87 1.23 5.90 2.36 4.01
BoldandBrash 197 16 3.88 1.30 6.85 2.50 3.70
Remembering9ergods 210 17 3.98 1.32 6.80 2.80 3.85
Justin_Bobo 214 14 4.12 1.41 6.91 2.25
Steve Boyle 227 14 4.35 1.32 6.85 2.70
Mattsullivan 209 16 4.05 1.34 6.96 3.10 3.80
Westcoastredsox 223 16 3.94 1.30 6.75 2.75 2.80
AlohaSox 205 16 3.98 1.30 6.90 2.30 3.90
ThePanda 220 16 3.80 1.20 7.00 2.30
Gizmosandy 209 15 3.70 1.35 6.80 2.50
Alfredo 186 17 3.90 1.33 7.20 2.80
Royredd87 211 16 3.80 1.40 7.00 2.40

No, I didn't forget to add color. Lackey was just bad enough to thwart even the lowest expectations. Only Matt Sullivan even came close to being close with his BB/9, so maybe he gets the win? No, let's be honest, we're all losers when it comes to John Lackey.

You may remember that before the season started there was even some optimism surrounding our favorite albatross. He'd ended 2010 on a high note, came into spring training in good shape, and seemed to be refocused. And then the season actually started, and he went completely to hell. That'll teach us to hope. Carl Crawford, you're gonna have to prove it to us.

Sorry to start the year off on such a sour note, but we can always find solace in the fact that, thanks to his Tommy John Surgery, we won't be seeing much of John Lackey in 2012.

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