If you’re trying to figure out how good John Lackey is right now, consider the words of the man who managed him when he won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series and finished third in the 2007 AL Cy Young voting.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen John Lackey have better stuff,” Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said.
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 last night encapsulated his occasional bouts with buzzard’s luck.
Lackey allowed two solo home runs — only one of which came on a bad pitch — and otherwise matched Angels ace Jered Weaver. Unfortunately for Lackey, those two runs were all his protege needed in Los Angeles’ 3-0 victory.