JEFF LOCKE NEWS

First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year...
Via Pirates Prospects
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game approaches. The Bucs still have to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Jeff Locke Having Another Poor Second Half, Only This One is a Surprise

Jeff Locke is currently having another poor second half. Last year it was predictable. He posted a 2.15 ERA in 109 innings during the first half, with a 4.21 xFIP that suggested things wouldn’t go so well in the second half. And things didn’t go well. Locke’s control bottomed out in the second half, with a 5.8 BB/9 ratio, helping to lead to a 6.12 ERA and a 4.14 xFIP. This...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 6, Pirates 4

Disappointing loss for the Bucs in this one. Home losses to teams like the Cubs at this point of the year – when everything’s crucial – will sting, but they’re still going to happen. The key is to make sure it’s one isolated bad night and win the series on Sunday.  The loss drops the Bucs another game behind St Louis – now 3.5 back, which really hurts their chances given...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke faces Felix Doubront as the Pirates look to keep hot streak going

If a week ago it seemed that nobody wanted to win the National League’s second wild card, suddenly the situation looks a little bit different on the season’s third-to-last Saturday. The Pirates have been slicing through the Cubs and Phillies like a hot knife through butter with seven wins in eight games, but they only managed to build a 1 1/2 game lead in the second wild card...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs – Game 148

I’ll say one thing, the Pirates have been taking care of business against the teams they should be beating. This is a favorable stretch, no doubt, but they’re still playing professionals so kudos to them for not falling into a trap. Many previous Pirates teams were known for doing just that. It’s way too soon to pop the corks or day that the Pirates have a firm grasp on...
Via This Is Getting Old
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs learning what they have on mound

How much starting pitching do the Cubs actually need as they look to the offseason? How much do they have? How much of it’s any good? How much of it’s coming back? The Cubs aren’t sure. The series this weekend against the heating-up Pirates should help us learn more about what the Cubs have and what young playoff pitchers look like. That starts with the Pirates’ hard-throwing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Locke has strong outing to lift Pirates over Phillies in series opener

Jeff Locke's problems were clearly seen in color entering Monday. In the color-coded, pitch-location charts available to the Pirates staff, it was apparent Locke had missed the strike zone much more often in the second half of the season. The strike zone contains more shades of blue than red since the break, indicating fewer strikes thrown. After walking fewer than one batter...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 143: Pirates 6 Phillies 4

I’m not sure if this game was closer than it needed to be, or an easier victory for the Pirates than it really should have been. For most of the game, Jeff Locke pitched really well, the Pirates left runners on base against Kyle Kendrick, and not many runs at all were scored. Locke gave up a run in the bottom of the fourth, Starling Marte hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 6, Phillies 4

The Pirates have an opportunity to grab hold of this last wild card spot (and start challenging for more) with this stretch of games against bad teams. So far, they’ve taken advantage in a big way with a four game win streak…with nine more games in a row coming up against last place clubs. To make things better, both the Brewers and Braves lost, so the Bucs now find themselves...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Locke keeps Pirates in wild-card hunt with 9 Ks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and fell a triple short of the cycle to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night. Jeff Locke (7-4) struck out nine over seven strong innings to help the Pirates keep their grip on the second NL wild card. They entered with a half-game lead ahead of Milwaukee and Atlanta. Locke and Kyle Kendrick...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 143: Phillies vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-68) atPhiladelphia Phillies (66-76) Starting Pitchers: PHI: Kyle Kendrick (8-11, 4.77 ERA) vs. PIT: Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA) Time: 7:05 , Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Cloudy, 74 Media: Twitter and Facebook Note for tonight:   The Phillies open a 4-game series tonight with their cross-state rivals as the Pirates will look to extend their lead for...
Via Phillies Nation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirate playoff push continues on to Philadelphia

The Pirates’ sweep over the Cubs was a great thing to see. Even though the Pirates didn’t play all that poorly in getting swept by the Cardinals last week, the result was a devastating one that more or less ended their shot at winning the NL Central. Coupled with the Cubs playing good baseball prior to the Pirates coming to town, well, I was worried about the season having...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: What to Expect From Players in Winter Ball

On Sunday, we posted about the winter league roster from the Mexican Pacific League that has eight Pittsburgh Pirates players on it. On Pirates Prospects, we provide daily updates on the winter leagues in the Dominican, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Australia, or wherever there are Pirates players taking part in winter ball and we can find stats. Luis Heredia will...
Via Pirates Prospects
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Best OPS Doesn’t Always Equal Best Prospect

When judging the prospect status of a player in the lower levels, OPS is one of the main tools you use, but a high OPS doesn’t always mean a player is a legit prospect and the Pirates had three examples of that this year in the GCL and with Bristol and Jamestown. The leaders in OPS in the lower levels for the Pirates were Henrry Rosario, Danny Arribas and Kevin Krause, not exactly...
Via Pirates Prospects
11 days ago  |  Discuss

This isn’t quite it but this is almost it

This feels insane to say out loud, but the Pirates are less than 70 hours removed from what was arguably one of their high points in the 2014 season. Partway through Sunday afternoons games, the Pirates lead the Reds 2-0 and the Cubs lead the Cardinals 5-0. With the Brewers struggling badly, it seemed like a real possibility at that point that the Pirates would end Sunday tied with...
Via WHYGAVS?
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks

Yesterday we focused on the excellent control shown by all 14 college pitchers that the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted. On the offensive side, it looks like they focused on some hitters that could take walks. Jamestown had four batters in the top 21 in the league in walks, while the only college hitter from the 2014 draft on Bristol(Jerrick Suiter) finished second in the league in walks...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 139

Hottest hitter batting seventh?   Jeff Locke given too much rope? Two straight losses to the now division leaders and the straight overall?  This team is in a bad spot.  The right move was no move though.  Maybe next time the Pirates are struggling they can put the newest issue of Baseball America on the mound and it’s prospect ranking will awe their opponent to submission...
Via This Is Getting Old
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 138: Cardinals 6 Pirates 4

I don’t know, I’m sort of all out of things to say about this Pirate team at this particular point in time. Tonight, Jeff Locke took the mound and had absolutely zero command of the strike zone. This has been a recurring problem of late, but there hasn’t even been a slight consideration to removing him from the rotation because the Pirates have literally zero other options...
Via WHYGAVS?
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals 6, Pirates 4

I’m pretty sure Pirate fans would have taken a split of two Jeff Locke vs Adam Wainwright matchups, and while that’s what happened over the past week, no one’s happy. That’s because the Pirates needed a win pretty badly in this one and had a chance to beat the Cardinal ace again, but again fell in frustrating fashion. Wainwright hurt the Pirates more with his bat than he...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates announce full September call-up list

When the Pirates announced that Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel would join the team on Labor Day, it was understood that there would be a number of additional call-ups in the next 24 hours after Indianapolis’s season officially ended with yesterday’s game. They announced the rest of the call-ups today and while there were two obvious call-ups (Gregory Polanco and Jeff Locke...
Via WHYGAVS?
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Call Up Six Players, Including Gregory Polanco, Jeff Locke, and John Holdzkom

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up six players from Indianapolis today. Jeff Locke, Casey Sadler, John Holdzkom, Bobby LaFromboise, and Gregory Polanco were all recalled. They also purchased the contract of Chase d’Arnaud, while designating Michael Martinez for assignment. Locke, Polanco, and Holdzkom were on optional assignment in Triple-A, and are eligible to return now...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates take series from Cardinals with 3-1 win

The Pirates got a stellar start from Jeff Locke Wednesday afternoon, who bested Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, at PNC Park as the stakes continued to climb. They also got another big swing from Ike Davis, whose two-run homer in the second inning stood as the winning hit. He delivered at three-run homer Tuesday night in the eighth to provide the winning margin...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 133: Pirates 3 Cardinals 1

After two days of ugly bullpen work from the Pirates, this game was pretty much exactly what they needed. Ike Davis hit a looooooong home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead and Andrew McCutchen hit a sac fly in the third after the Cardinals cut the lead in half, then Jeff Locke, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon cruised through the game’s final six...
Via WHYGAVS?
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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