John Lackey made his first start of the season for the Anaheim Angels on Wednesday, May 14. Having spent almost 60 days on the disabled list with a triceps strain, Lackey was ready when he faced the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander pitched seven strong innings in his 2008 debut, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out four but did not factor in the decision as the Angels lost 6-1.
Good to have him back, even in the loss. After all, he went 19-9 with a 3.01 ERA as the Angels won the American League West last season. And don’t forget about his World Serious cred from ’02 when he won two games against the San Francisco Giants, including Game 7.
But the Angels don’t really need him. They could use him — he’s big, strong and has four legit pitches– but they don’t need him.
They have two of the best young pitchers in the game — Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana. These two have been the ones carrying the load, not Lackey. They’re a combined 12-1 with an ERA near 2.50 for the Angels, owners of one of baseball’s best records through the middle of May.
With such talent in abundance, there’s only one this to do…
Trade Lackey now, while his value is still high and he’s still healthy. He’s easily worth a handful of top prospects and a bullpen specialist. Or better yet, trade Jered Weaver. He’s just like his brother — HORRIBLE.