John Lackey Continues to Adjust to Life in AL East as Season Winds Down

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John Lackey Continues to Adjust to Life in AL East as Season Winds Down Red Sox pitcher John Lackey takes the mound for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Orioles looking to finish his year on a strong note.

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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