Homer Bailey has been very hittable since his no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds.
Jeff Locke seemingly has no physical problems to worry about as he brings baseball's best road ERA into this series finale.
Bailey will pitch at home for the first time since his no-hitter as the Reds seek to complete a three-game sweep of the Pirates on Sunday.
Bailey (5-8, 3.82 ERA) has posted a 6.17 ERA in dropping consecutive outings since his July 2 no-hitter against San Francisco. He has yielded 10 hits in each contest, marking the first time in his career he has allowed double-digit totals in consecutive outings.
Pittsburgh (56-39) will counter with Locke (8-2, 2.15), who has not pitched since July 8 and skipped the All-Star game with lower back stiffness. Locke had no issues in a bullpen session Friday.
"He threw his bullpen very clean and efficient yesterday, which isn't a game," manager Clint Hurdle told the Pirates' official website. "He seems to be very encouraged by what he feels so far, an...