John Lackey won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. He finished third in the Cy Young voting in 2007. His manager for both of those seasons was Mike Scioscia, so when the Agnels skipper says the following, it speaks volumes.
“I don't know if I've ever seen John Lackey have better stuff,” Scioscia said after beating Lackey 3-0 last night.
It's an opinion shared by Red Sox manager John Farrell – “John's pitching as well as any point in his career” – and maybe even Lackey himself.
“This is probably the best first half I've had,” Lackey said. “It makes some things a little frustrating, but it is what it is.”
By “things,” Lackey is likely referring to his 6-6 record. He has easily pitched well enough to have 10 wins, but luck hasn't always gone his way, such as in his duel against protege and friend Jered Weaver.
Lackey allowed two solo home runs – only one of which came on a bad pitch – and continued one of the best runs of his career.