Lackey finished 2013 with a 10-13 record, but he gave Boston 189.1 innings and sported a 3.52 ERA by the end of the season, giving the Red Sox a workhorse in the middle of their rotation. He followed that up with a 3-1 postseason, out-dueling Justin Verlander in Game 3 of the ALCS and earning the win in Boston’s World Series-clinching Game 6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
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This came after Lackey missed all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery and two less-than-stellar first seasons in Boston after signing an $82-million deal in 2010. So what can the Red Sox expect from the 35-year-old in 2014? The Providence Journal’s Tim Britton joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Adam Jones Show on Tuesday night to discuss Lackey, and after such a consistent season in 2013, he expects a small step back this season.
“I think it would be hard for him to match what he did a year ago, because he was so good and so consistent,” said Britton "
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