John Lackey struck out 12 in Boston's win today over the Rockies 5-3. The victory keeps Boston 3 games ahead in first place in the AL East.
Often pitchers who come off Tommy John surgery report having more velocity on their pitches, and today was the case for Lackey who pushed the radar gun to 95mph frequently.
Without a lot of fanfare, the bottom end of the Red Sox order has become pretty stout. Lackey's sporting a 2.99 ERA now along with his winning record and has 8 quality starts in 13 appearances this season. Ryan Dempster, who was picked up to be an innings eater leads the team in strike-outs with 94 and his 5-8 record would be substantially better if he got some actual run support during his starts. Both he and Lackey are sporting WHIP's below 1.35 as well.
After two miserable seasons in Boston, Lackey is finally looking like the pitcher the Sox traded for. He came into camp probably 20-30 pounds lighter and has been fierce on the mound, pitching with a chip on his shoulder. And nothing wrong with that. Perhaps if Farrell can get Jon Lester's head out of his ass and the docs can put Buccholz back together, this team that fans hoped would simply not be a disappointment like last year, might make a run deep into the playoffs.
How nice would that be?
And speaking of nice, here's the Tiz looking pensive as she is possibly pondering that impressive cleavage that seems to come out of nowhere:
No complaints here :-)