The day of the 300-game winner in baseball may be long gone, and the day of the 200-game winner is nearly extinct with just two active hurlers over that level in Tim Hudson (213) and injured CC Sabathia (208). The next milepost is the 150-game winner, and there are only four more who are active besides Hudson and Sabathia. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon, foiled at 200 on Sunday in New York, has 199 and Francis Howell North product Mark Buehrle of Toronto has 197. Next come Philadelphia’s A. J. Burnett at 153 and now the Cardinals’ John Lackey at 150. Lackey reached that number Sunday mostly because of a three-run Cardinals rally in the seventh, keyed by Matt Holliday’s seventh homer in his last 17 games and then consecutive singles by Matt Adams, Jhonny Peralta, A.J. Pierzynski and Oscar Taveras that produced the final two runs and a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals moved one game behind the Brewers in the National League Central Division in front of a Busch Stadium sellout house of 44,662. Lackey, whose first 149 wins came in the American League with the Angels and Boston, gained his first National League triumph by providing the right answer in a brief question-and-answer session conducted at the mound by manager Mike Matheny in the seventh inning. Elian Herrera and pinch hitter Lyle Overbay both had singled with two outs and Matheny, who rarely returns to the dugout without a pitcher at his side, left empty-handed this time. Matheny said he had gone to the mound “open minded, never being out there with him before in that situation. I wouldn’t say today was a scorcher. But it was a little warm. I wanted to make sure he had his legs underneath him. “He wanted the ball and I wanted him to have the ball. I want this first game for him here to be memorable.” Recounting his interpretation of the conversation, Lackey said Matheny asked him, “What have you got for this guy?” I said, ‘I think I’ve got it.’ It went pretty quick. “The first time (with Matheny) I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Lackey said.
Lackey starts on a high note as Cards beat the Brewers
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Aug 4