If the St. Louis Cardinals are to win their first home playoff game of 2014 Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they'll have to do something that no other team in the playoffs has done this year: Win a game pitched by a starter acquired at the trade deadline.
The two biggest-named pitchers picked up at the end of July were former (and future?) Boston Red Sox hurler Jon Lester who was unable to help Oakland defeat the Kansas City Royals in the American League Wild Card Game and David Price, formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays, who couldn't help the Detroit Tigers avoid being eliminated by the Baltimore Orioles.
The next guy on the big game pitcher list was the Cardinals' John Lackey who has 16 post season starts under his belt with a 6-5 record and a 3.09 ERA in October. Lackey, Lester's teammate in Boston, wanted to come to the Redbirds for a chance to pitch in the playoffs and the Birds wanted him to be the a top of the rotation sort who could match up against a bigtime pitcher in the post season.
Well... this is what he's here for. So let's see him get the job done.
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Lackey made two starts in the 2013 World Series against St. Louis and was 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA.