Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 8/27/13
The poor performance from the bullpen tonight, with Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris both giving up runs with the Pirates tied late in the game, along with the weird bullpen useage by Clint Hurdle (I still have no idea why Bryan Morris pitched the eighth inning over Tony Watson tonight, or why Morris seems to be the guy Hurdle goes to before Watson every single time) are going to draw a lot of the ire from the fans in the immediate aftermath of this one, but it's worth noting that at one point the Pirates were down 5-0 in this game. That happened because Jeff Locke was terrible again. Tonight his line was 4 2/3 innings, eight hits, and five runs. That's 16 runs in his last three starts, and the fourth time in his last six starts that he hasn't made it out of the fifth inning. This is a problem. The late game stuff -- particularly using Watson over Morris -- is problematic, but none of it moreso than Locke's troubles. I really don't see how they can put him back out on the mound in...
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