John Lackey

Michael Wacha: John Lackey 'has done wonders' for Cardinals

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2015 - 2:00 am

CINCINNATI -- Red Sox fans may not want to hear it, but John Lackey, who was under the Red Sox' control for 2015 until they traded him to the Cardinals at the trade deadline last year, is putting together a solid season in his first full year in St. Louis. The 36-year-old is 7-5 with a 2.99 ERA as the veteran leader of the Cardinals' rotation with Adam Wainwright lost for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon. "He's done wonders. He's pitching like an animal out there," fellow starter Michael Wacha said. "He's had an unbelievable first half. Just a great leader for our staff. Once [Wainwright] went down, he's the one that stepped up. He's become the leader on our staff. He had a lot of experience throughout his years and he understands what us younger pitchers are going through because he's already been through it. He helps out a lot and he's meant a lot to the staff." The way the right-hander goes about his business makes it easy for the younger pitchers on the staff, like Wacha, to look up to. "He's just a bulldog on the mound," Wacha said. "He goes out there and it doesn't matter who he's facing, what the situation was, he was attacking the hitter and getting outs. Pitching very well. Whenever you see that as a young guy, coming out of him, it's very cool to see and you learn a lot from him." Lackey was on the books to pitch for the veteran-minimum of $500,000 for the Red Sox this season.