The Detroit Tigers beat the Red Sox, 3-0, on Monday, hanging another tough loss on John Lackey.
Here’s just how tough it has been for Lackey this season:
• The Red Sox have been shut out 11 times this season, six times with Lackey on the mound.
• Lackey has received an average of 3.77 runs per nine innings in his starts. The other regular starters — Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, Jon Lester, and Jake Peavy — get an average of 5.87 runs.
• Lackey’s 3.22 earned run average is 12th in the American League and his WHIP of 1.17 is 11th. Lackey is averaging 7.71 strikeouts per nine innings and is sixth in the league in walk to strikeout ratio.
• Lackey has 18 quality starts this season but is 8-6 in those games. The six losses are the most for any major league starter in quality starts.
“Honestly this about as good as I’ve ever pitched,” Lackey said. “I’m probably better now than I ever have been.”
Lackey can take some positives out of that, surely.
“I’m trying,” he said. “Trying hard.”
Lackey then started laughing.
“It’s a great group of guys and guys who get after it,” he said later. “Just because we don’t score it’s definitely not a lack of effort. The boys want to give me some runs,” Lackey said. “They feel pretty bad about it. After games I get a lot of, ‘Nice job, our bad’ and that kind of stuff.”