Lackey’s 2013 season has been bizarre to say the least. After missing the entire 2012 season with Tommy John surgery, Lackey was eager to get of to a good start this season. Unfortunately, he got off to a rocky start in his first appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In the fifth inning, Lackey threw a pitch and immediately grabbed his right arm. Red Sox fans feared he had re-injured his surgically repaired elbow and would once again be done for the season. Thankfully, it was only a strained biceps that would send him to the 15-day disabled list.
Since his return from the DL, Lackey has pitched very well. He beat the Houston Astros on April 28, and has been a victim of low run support in his last three starts.
Although, he can’t blame his teammates for all of his problems. The first time he faced the Twins on May 9, Lackey cost himself four unearned runs in the sixth inning after throwing away a potential inning-ending double play ball. In his most recent start against the Tampa Bay Rays, Lackey once again was the victim of one poor inning. He gave up a check swing, bloop double to left field that scored two runs and two more when first baseman Mike Napoli misjudged an infield pop-up.
Lackey’s 1-4 record is not indicative of the type of season he’s had. He’s hoping his win-loss record and run support start to improve with a little more luck.
B.L. is a sport writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip