Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Pedro Alvarez and the Pittsburgh Pirates have very good reasons to be all smiles Team: Pittsburgh Pirates Record: 56-37 (1.0 GB) Biggest Surprise of First Half: While the entire Pittsburgh Pirates team has been one giant surprise at how well they have played, one individual who stands out as the biggest surprise is none other than Jeff Locke. Locke started the year in the Pirates rotation as the 5th starter. With how this season has been for him, Locke is easily the unofficial ace of the staff. Locke was selected to the all-star team and personally, I finally want to see him pitch live. Jeff Locke is currently 8-2 with an outstanding 2.15 ERA. Locke has the 2nd best ERA in the league, only trailing Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Simply outstanding stuff for a kid who barely made the rotation. Jason Grilli has also been a massive surprise as the closer for the Pirates. After two solid full seasons of Joel Hanrahan, Grilli took over as the full time closer this season for t...
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