Locke, Harrison Lead Pirates Over Marlins for Fifth Straight Win

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke delivers in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The Pirates won 5-1, with Locke getting his third win of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Jeff Locke pitched a beauty and the offense did plenty to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fifth straight victory, a 5-1 win...
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Game 45: Pirates 5 Marlins 1

Honestly, it feels like someone just flipped a light switch on Federal Street after the Twins series. Last Wednesday, the Pirates were a bland, under-achieving, boring baseball team that couldn’t find a way to win a game against the Twins at home. They’ve made a full turn of the rotation since then, going 5-0 and out-scoring the Mets and Marlins 30-7. This game turned in the...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five in a row

This game/series can be summed up pretty simply: the Marlins are bad, and the Pirates are no longer bad. I suppose it’s tough to tell whether or not this is more about the Pirates playing well or their opponents playing very poorly, but in the end it doesn’t matter – all wins count the same and the Bucs have five of them in a row. After falling into an early hole in the standings...
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Pirates run win streak to 5, top Marlins 5-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Locke worked into the sixth inning in his first win in more than a month, and the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the reeling Miami Marlins 5-1 on Tuesday night. Locke (3-2) struck out six and walked four in 5 2/3 shutout innings for his first victory this season against a team other than last-place Milwaukee. Neil Walker hit a two-run homer in Pittsburgh's fifth...
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Marlins, rookie Jose Urena can't slow streaking Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jeff Locke worked into the sixth inning in his first win in more than a month, and the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the reeling Miami Marlins 5-1 on Tuesday night. Locke (3-2) struck out six and walked four in 5 2/3 shutout innings for his first victory this season against a team other than last-place Milwaukee. Neil Walker hit a two-run homer in Pittsburgh's fifth...
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Jeff Locke takes the mound as Pirates look to win consecutive series for first time in 2015

I’m running late on this post tonight, so I’ll keep it short: the Marlins are a mess right now. The Pirates are playing their best baseball of 2015. The Pirates haven’t won two series in a row yet this year, and so I think that tonight is the night for that to change. Don’t leave it for Gerrit Cole tomorrow: do it tonight. Jose Urena starts for the Marlins. His big league...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Extra pain

The Pirates entered the night 0-5 in extras…but hey, all of those were on the road, and this time around they had to be feeling kind of good after coming back to tie it up after a quick 3-0 hole….annnnnd now it’s 0-6. This team is in a bad place right now. Sure, they were able to recover after it looked like another disastrous Jeff Locke outing. Locke deserves credit for righting...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke, whatever

Jeff Locke’s last start was really bad, and then somehow the Pirates gave the game a worse ending. I want to tell you that he’s pitching for his job, but he’s probably not because with Charlie Morton in Vance Worley’s spot, there’s not really anyone to take his job from him. The Pirates have lost five of their last six games. This is very hard to get excited for. Josh Harrison...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What sort of year is Francisco Liriano having?

It’s relatively easy to figure out how the season is going for 80% of the rotation. Gerrit Cole has been fantastic, and he’s closer than ever to finally breaking out and living up to that “1-1″ tag the Pirates put on him four years ago. AJ Burnett is revitalized with the Pirates, throwing strikes and getting ground balls again, even if his ERA is probably coming back to earth...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates begin series with Cubs, which will likely teach Pirate fans new synonyms for frustrating

Every single time I feel like maybe this Pirate team is about to turn a corner, they go and do something dumb like lose two games in a row to the Phillies. Seriously: the Pirates had a four-game set against the Phillies this week, and lost ground on the Cardinals and Cubs. It’s still “early”, but it’s less early than it was two weeks ago, and the Pirates aren’t in much...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Still not enough

Well, um, at least it wasn’t a walkoff, right? There were positives, sure. The Pirates competed pretty well at the plate against a good pitcher and put some runs on the board. Francisco Liriano struck out ten and walked just one. But the Cardinals got the big hits and the Pirates didn’t. The Cardinals are 4-0 against the Pirates this year. The Cardinals are nine games ahead...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Drop Fourth Straight as Offense Stagnates

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco kneels on the ground after being picked off at first base during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Where are the bats for the Pittsburgh Pirates? A 7-1 home loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night marks the fourth consecutive game in...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ season should turn around soon

Following two straight NL Wild Card berths, expectations were high for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015. But thusfar, those expectations haven’t been realized. Through the first month of the season, the Pirates are 12-14, eight games back of the white-hot St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. But because of how top-heavy the National League is this season, the Pirates are solidly...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Waiver Wire — 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 5 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re cutting Jordan Zimmermann some slack, straight up cutting Marlon Byrd, and changing the outlook for Jeff Locke. There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few of the most interesting players...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 21: Cubs 6 Pirates 2

It’s amazing how quickly two ugly losses can make you forget about a five-game winning streak. The Pirates played bad, bad baseball against the Cubs tonight; they threw the ball around, they ran the bases poorly, they hit poorly against a bad pitcher, they pitched poorly, they got thumped. In short, it was hard to watch. There’s not much else to say. Jeff Locke looked really...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

The waiting game

The worst part of the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirate season was the interminable stretch in the late spring/early summer in which it was clear that the Pirates were playing somewhere below what they were ultimately capable of and unclear if they were going to be able to get their **** together quickly enough to make another playoff run. Obviously the 2015 season is way too young to say that’s...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

The bullpen isn't as bad as you think

  The Pirates have blown some late leads, but over a 162-game season that is bound to happen. Now that doesn't make the losses any easier to digest, but it is important to maintain perspective throughout the rough patches of a 162-game baseball season. Mark Melancon has struggled, the entirety of the Pirates bullpen has not. However, when the closer struggles, it is a never a good...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Camo Comeback

When Jeff Locke issued a walk to Kris Bryant in the fifth to put the Cubs up 4-1 with the bases still loaded and only one out, it felt like it was pretty much time to throw in the towel on this one. Locke wasn’t having much of a game, the Pirate offense (missing three starters) was struggling, and the bullpen had a lot of outs to get with Watson unavailable.  Fortunately, the...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke tries to get the Pirates a split with the Cubs

It’s only been two games, but I’ve been quite impressed with the 2015 version of Jeff Locke. I don’t like to jump to too many conclusions based on just a couple of games, but Locke’s control looks vastly improved this year and his ground balls are way up. Obviously Locke’s control has varied pretty widely from start-to-start over his career, but I feel like we’ve seen...
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte shoulders the load, Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep

There’s something particularly wonderful and gratifying about what’s happened at PNC Park the last two nights: the Pirates came into this series against the Brewers mired in a terrible offensive slump with an ugly record. The starting rotation got off to an excellent start, but there just weren’t many runs to go around. Two games in a row, it’s been Starling Marte and Gregory...
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Saturday night Partay

Starling Marte came in to this series in a slump. It’s safe to say he’s no longer in a slump: Marte and the Pirates broke out the bats for the second straight night for another big win over the struggling Brewers. He hit that big blast – his second in as many nights – and also capped a three-run first with a two run single. The Pirates used to be absolutely terrible against...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers at Pirates preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers scored the most runs in the NL Central last season, but they're struggling ahead of this weekend's series at PNC Park. The opener could be a low-scoring affair Friday night given how starters Jimmy Nelson and Jeff Locke fared last weekend. After averaging 4.2 and 4.0 runs in 2014, Pittsburgh ranks 24th in the majors with 3.2 while Milwaukee...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Casey Sadler brilliant in first major league start

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports When a pitcher is recalled for a spot start, it can almost feel bitter-sweet. When you get a call to make an emergency start, it is usually because of an injury to the expected starter. You may be excited to get your opportunity, but it came at the expense of the original starter. Pittsburgh Pirates’ emergency starter Casey Sadler attested to that...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Lose three games, then advance directly to Miller Park. Gulp

I think that the Pirates will be better than the Brewers this year. I’m not hugely concerned about the Pirates’ 0-3 start. I am still not terribly happy to know that the Pirates are now headed to Milwaukee to play at Miller Park after losing the first three games of 2015, thanks to their recent history there. I will now attempt to say one nice thing about Miller Park: At least...
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Off-day links and things

Over the past couple years, one of my main goals has been to Understand Jeff Locke. Every time I read something interesting about pitchers that I didn’t previously know, I say to myself, “AHA! This is what it is that Jeff Locke does that the Pirates see in him!” And then I go into the numbers, find out that that’s not the answer, and banish the half-written post with its...
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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