John Lackey Signing Has Made Huge Impact on Cubs’ Rotation Depth

June 24, 2016 by  

CHICAGO — Even when John Lackey is bad, he is good.

That's not to say the Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher is never off his game. But nearly every time the 37-year-old takes the mound, he is good enough to win regardless of the quality of his pitching repertoire.

If that sounds too cryptic, think of it this way: When Lackey doesn't have his best stuff, he is still able to keep the Cubs in a game. Lackey is some version of baseball's Rumpelstiltskin. He can turn the most ominous-looking starts into gold.

His two-year, $32 million contract is lookin...

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