02 November 2010
Before the 2010 baseball season began, we asked you guys to make your predictions for the expected starting roster. It's time to look back and see who knew their 2010 Red Sox the best.
John Lackey (read the original projection post here)
Below you'll find Lackey's actual 2010 stats in RED, my predictions in BLUE and the Fan Projections.
Pitching was supposed to be our biggest strength in 2010. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz were outstanding, but Matsuzaka, Lackey and Beckett all posted disappointing numbers and the Sox came up short in the end.
I guess I should give credit to Lackey for staying healthy and making 30 starts, but $18M for a mid-4.00 ERA and a 14-11 record doesn't get me very excited. Especially when you remember that he's only going to get older and less effective over the next four years of his contract.
If you read this blog, you know I have no love for Lackey. Signing him was a desperate move by Theo and he followed it up with an equally dumb extension for Beckett. If we can't afford to go after Carl Crawford, Jayson Worth or re-sign Beltre and V-Mart... you can thank Theo and Lackey.
Despite my hatred, I managed to project Lackey's season better than most. I nailed the 14-11 record, but hoped for better ERA/WHIP numbers. My innings per start appears to be on point, but I projected 30 starts. Lackey ended up with 33 and topped 200 innings... solid, but I would have liked to see a more efficient 200+ innings.
doublegsports came damn close in almost every category, projecting a 14-10 record with 219 innings, a 4.49 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He/she came in low on Ks and starts, but no one else projected an ERA over 4.00... and no one has come this close on any other player, so we're sending out a free t-shirt from Bottom Line Apparel to DGS.Make sure you keep reading as we breakdown the rest of the 2010 stats and keep your eyes peeled for more prizes!
We're shipping out free t-shirts to three random winners at the end, so stay tuned!
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