Nine things to like about John Lackey

A statistical glance at what the Red Sox are getting in their free-agent prize

Updated: December 15, 2009, 1:15 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN Stats & Information

1. Red Sox are getting a postseason veteran

If there is any question as to whether John Lackey can handle the pressure of Boston, consider these two facts: (1) As a rookie in 2002, he got the start and won Game 7 of the World Series, and (2) he was a high school quarterback in Texas. Lackey knows pressure.

He also possesses immense postseason experience. In 14 career postseason appearances, Lackey has a 3.12 ERA, third-best among active pitchers with at least 10 starts. ...

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