A little while ago, I pointed out John Lackey's falling swinging strike rate and suggested that he may be in the midst of a career decline. Since then, all he's done is throw 323 pitches and miss 36 bats. His swinging strike rate is up to 8.7%, and at this point, all of his meaningful peripherals match up pretty well with his numbers from 2007. Lackey may be approaching a decline phase, but with his repertoire intact and his important results as good as they were a few years ago, it looks like I jumped the gun.
With Escobar done and Santana nowhere close to where they'd like him to be, theare still in trouble. But Lackey no longer looks like much of a concern. That's good for them and bad for the rest of us.