Lackey: Can't stand the heat?

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    Lackey: Can't stand the heat?

    From an article on ESPN.com:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/23066/how-heat-wave-may-affect-some-stars

    IS SOMETHING 'LACK-ING?'
    On Friday, John Lackey will try to win a third straight start, but he’ll be facing a bigger opponent than Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.

    Friday's game-time temperature is projected to be in the 90s at Fenway Park. During Lackey's career, his ERA and batting average against have increased dramatically (see chart) when game-time temperatures are at or above 90 degrees.
     
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    Re: Lackey: Can't stand the heat?

    What are his stats during a full moon? Does he pitch well on Fridays? How is he in a bear market?
     
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    [QUOTE]From an article on ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/23066/how-heat-wave-may-affect-some-stars IS SOMETHING 'LACK-ING?' Lackey Career by 1st-Pitch Temperature 90+ Degrees < Overall BA against .323 .266 H/9 inn 11.8 9.3 ERA 5.14 4.02 /> 1 win in last 7 starts On Friday, John Lackey will try to win a third straight start, but he’ll be facing a bigger opponent than Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. Friday's game-time temperature is projected to be in the 90s at Fenway Park. During Lackey's career, his ERA and batting average against have increased dramatically (see chart) when game-time temperatures are at or above 90 degrees.
    Posted by mrmojo1120[/QUOTE]Well there is a sample set variable that may be impacting that number.

    Within his own division for much of his career he played in Anaheim all his home games and night games never reach the 90 degree plus mark in So Cal and in fact seldom if ever do in the day. His road games in Oakland and Seattle would be the same.

    The variable? The Ballpark at Arlington, a hitters park populated by a hitting ball club.

    To test that theory out I looked at his career ERA against the three clubs. TX 6.07 versus OAK at 2.91 and SEA at 3.62.

    Whether that is the entire answer or not, I don't know but it certainly could pollute the data regarding his results in higher temps. Being a Texas native he may have acclimatized to the Mediterranean climate in So Cal over the years but it may just be a quirky number too.
     
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    Re: Lackey: Can't stand the heat?

    i saw stats that roy halladay has mediocre numbers when he pitches in 90+ degrees. he falls from great to mediocre when the heat goes up.
    in the case of lackey, he pretty much goes from bad to worse when the heat rises.

    thank you theo!

     
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    [QUOTE]i saw stats that roy halladay has mediocre numbers when he pitches in 90+ degrees. he falls from great to mediocre when the heat goes up. in the case of lackey, he pretty much goes from bad to worse when the heat rises. thank you theo!
    Posted by the_yazzer[/QUOTE]

    Halladay had a disappointing outing a few nights ago, (I believe in Chicago), in a heat wave.  It is understandable that the heat can effect some pitchers.  
     
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    Re: Lackey: Can't stand the heat?

    Doesn't every game that is played in such heat have a winning pitcher and a losing pitcher?  Same goes for every game in cold April days. In the aggregate the weather has nothing to do with pitching wins and losses.
     
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    I don't know about the heat issue , but coincidentally, JL's best numbers were in Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim. All big heavy air Ball Parks. Why have Oakland's pitcher's historically had among the best ERA's ? Lot to do with the way the ball carries there same with Anaheim. 102 games a year the Angels play in Oakland Seattle and Anaheim, 60 in the other parks , so 2/3 rds of Big Johns starts were in pitchers parks , no wonder he had decent numbers.
     
    Unfortunately now he is pitching for a team that plays 81 games in a hitters park and 19 games a year against the Yankees. Kind of like going from double A too triple A. Hadn't thought about the heat issue but goes with the climate he now plays in. He is a wonderful pitcher, just ask Theo.
     

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