Today's Globe column focuses in on pitcher John Lackey, and his 'disappointing' season from last year.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — How bad was it?I would say 'because of writers like Shank'.
Despite popular perception, John Lackey wasn’t a total meatball artist last year. In 33 starts, Lackey went 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA. He led the Sox with 215 innings and struck out 156. Only 14 American League pitchers won more games than Lackey. So how come Lackey gets the Way Back Wasdin treatment everywhere he goes?
Shank's strange / dishonest conclusion:
Lackey is a workhorse who almost always keeps his team in the game. That should be enough in Boston in 2011.Because of writers like Shank, of course.
Then again, we all know it’s almost never enough in Boston.