Lackey gave up a career-high four home runs and six runs overall in his last start against the Yankees in New York on April 12. He followed that up by giving up six runs on 10 hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings against Baltimore.
While the talk in the wake of Clay Buchholz’s rough outing Monday centered on arm strength and the process of building it, that’s not an issue for Lackey, according to manager John Farrell.
“I think there’s been some things as we sat down with [pitching coach Juan Nieves] and he, seeing a couple of things we can address and adjust from,” Farrell said Tuesday. “We won’t get into specifics, but I think there’s some things that we discovered that are a little bit different than last year.”
Whatever those specifics are, they are the cause for poor location on the part of Lackey.
“Like any pitcher, when a pitch is mislocated we haven’t gotten away with many of those mistakes," said Farrell. "That’s part of what we’re looking at. There’s another thing or two that we’re trying to correct.”
Lackey gave up more than five runs just once in producing a 3.52 ERA last season. He last surrendered at least 10 hits in consecutive games in June 2009.