Lackey likely has two more starts left following Wednesday night in a first season with the Red Sox that’s been difficult at times. Entering the season series finale with the Orioles, the big righty carries a 12-11 record with a 4.63 ERA in 30 starts.
For Lackey, though, the 2010 season has been one of change. He’s adjusting to a new life on the opposite side of the country, playing for a new team in a new city and a different division after pitching the first eight years of his career with the Angels.
The change in divisions, going from the AL West to the ultra-competitive AL East has been one of the biggest adjustments Lackey has had to make.
“It’s definitely a deeper division, for sure,” Lackey told NESN’s Heidi Watney. “There’s not a lot of breaks. Even the last-place team in our division has a tough lineup. It’s been a good learning season.”
Hall of Famer Peter Gammons acknowledged on Red Sox Gameday Live that the first year of the five-year contract given to Lackey hasn’t been the most successful one.
“He hasn’t been bad, but he has been a disappointment.”
To hear more of what Lackey and Gammons had to say, be sure to watch the video below.
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