Update, 10:13 am:
Sam Page of Amazin Avenue lists five numbers to avoid when evaluating a starting pitcher.
Last night, in Game 1 of the ALDS between the Angels and Red Sox, Angels RHP John Lackey gave up zero runs and four hits in 7.1 innings, while striking out four and walking one.
According to John Harper of the Daily News, “Lackey surely helped his own cause as the most attractive pitcher – in an otherwise weak pool – who will be on the free-agent market this winter.”
Harper believes the Mets would be wise to make a run at Lackey, especially when ‘knowing the Yankees won’t be out there looking for high-priced pitching this winter.’
…i still believe the Mets will first look to trading for a pitcher who is already under contract, while aiming to sign a free-agent bat… that’s just a hunch, but i sense the market also makes more sense for that type of strategy…
The 30–year-old Lackey finished the regular season 11–8 with a 3.83 ERA in 27 starts, while missing six weeks at the start of the season with a forearm strain.
He also missed the first six weeks in 2008 with a strained tricep, but finished the season 12–5 in 24 starts with a 3.75 ERA.
…from what i can gather, lackey is seeking a deal similar to what A.J. Burnett signed last off season with the Yankees, i.e., five years and roughly $16 million per season… also, he looks like Peter Brady, but without the curly hair…
Harper quotes an AL scout as saying, “He’s good and he’s tough. From what I know about the Mets, Lackey’s a guy who could make a difference there.”