Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lackey Can Add 2nd Series Clincher Wednesday

John Lackey This Post-Season
Eleven years ago, rookie John Lackey pitched his heart out in Game Seven of the 2002 World Series and won. Tomorrow night, he has a chance to add a second World Series clincher to his resume. In that 2002 Game Seven, Lackey hurled five innings—giving up just one earned run on four hits while striking out four. He became only the second rookie in World Series history to start and win a seventh and deciding game. Lackey made perfectly clear that his relief stint in Game Four was no impediment to a Game Six start, "Oh, I'll be there." This post-season he is is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA—and has arguably undergone the most dramatic image reversal in Red Sox history. Recall that fans jokingly asked if Lackey could be thrown in the Great Punto Deal—free of charge. No one is saying that any longer.