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JEFF LOCKE RUMORS & GOSSIP

If the Pirates are going to win the NL Central, they probably have to win tonight

Sorry for the lack of recap from last night; I’m trying to get a bunch of things in line this week since THE PLAYOFFS ARE NEXT WEEK and I just didn’t have much to say. Jeff Locke sucked, it would’ve been awesome if the Pirates won because the Cardinals and Giants both lost, but then it wasn’t quite as bad that they lost because those two other things happened. Frankly, I...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Hangover Day, but these games are not quite meaningless

The Pirates have a wild card spot locked up and last night’s celebration was all kinds of fun, but the reality is that there’s still a little bit of work left to be done in the 2014 regular season. At the bare minimum, the Pirates need to win enough games from here on out to ensure that the Wild Card Game is played on their terms at PNC Park. With a one-game lead and a tiebreaker...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke Struggles With Fastball Command

In most ways, Jeff Locke is just like almost any other major league pitcher: If his fastball command is off, than he has to find a way to compensate. And when he has to compensate, he’s likely to pay the price. Today, Locke paid the price. No, he didn’t struggle tremendously. Despite constantly missing his fastball to the glove side, Locke was able to fight his way through 5...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Jeff Locke unknowingly dragged into game-fixing hoax

In the waning days of the 2012 major league season, Niki Congero received an unusual text message. It came from a man she had never met — a sports handicapper who for a couple of weeks had been texting unsolicited betting tips to her cellphone. “LOL,” wrote the man, who identified himself as James Hunter from VIP Sports. “I got a baseball game that will be fixed on sunday...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jeff Locke regressing during second half

Jeff Locke Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Locke was on a fairytale ride with his amazing season, but after the All-Star Break things have gone south for the young lefty. On Saturday, the 25-year-old lasted 2 2/3 innings and surrendered eight runs on 10 hits and three walks. That was by far his worst outing of the season. Locke was brilliant for the Pirates during the first half...
Via isportsweb.com
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Five Stages of Jeff Locke Regression Grief

All season on this site we had been talking about how Jeff Locke was due for regression. The left-hander had an ERA around 3.00, and eventually that dropped as low as 2.01 on June 19th. That would have made him one of the best starters in the majors. His advanced metrics suggested a different story. Locke’s FIP bounced around a lot in the first half of the season, but from the...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Thom Brennaman on Pirates pitcher: "This guy sucks"

Reds announcer and Fox play by play man Thom Brennaman got caught with a hot mic Sunday afternoon with Cincy hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke walked Reds SS Zack Cozart, you can hear Brennaman whisper "this guy sucks" into the microphone. One would have to presume Brennaman is not talking about Cozart, but Locke.  Perhaps that'...
Via Awful Announcing
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jeff Locke A Welcome Surprise

The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a surprising start with many thinking they can finish the season with the winning record, and this would be the first occurrence since 1992. One of the reasons Pittsburgh is having success is because of their great bullpen and the leader of their bullpen is Jason Grilli. Another reason is due to the emergence of one of their starters from the rotation...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

Jeff Locke says he has “gotten much better” over the last two years. Jeff Locke, let’s talk. Heh. Rhymes. Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates’ 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You have pitched five quality starts in your last six outings in the last month, allowing an average of...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Jeff Locke Starting to Figure Things Out?

Jeff Locke has thrown 13 shutout innings in his last two starts. Don’t look now, but Jeff Locke has a 2.83 ERA in 28.2 innings so far this year in the majors. That number is probably too low for his actual skills. He has a 4.60 xFIP, which suggests his overall performances have been nowhere near the actual result. But Locke is starting to show some improvements. We saw some of...
Via Pirates Prospects
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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