JEFF LOCKE NEWS

Pirates, Locke top Burnett, Phillies, 6-2, to sweep series

A.J. Burnett paused on the mound when he took the field for the bottom of the first Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. He came from the visiting dugout in his Philadelphia Phillies gray and red, yet there he was on the scoreboard in Pirates black as part of a tribute video. Even his old Pirates entrance music, Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People," made one final cameo...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 89

Was that a sweep? An 8-2 homestand? Whatever it was it was fun to watch! These guys are playing some unbelievable baseball right now. All sides. Offense and pitching. Jeff Locke? Simply outstanding. If not for Jason Grilli and some major struggles in the early season the Pirates are leading this division right now. Still, they are digging out of that hole. They certainly donâ...
Via This Is Getting Old
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 6, Phillies 2

The sweep drought is finally over, and while we all would have liked some more earlier in the year, this was a nice way to finally do it. With hordes of Phillies fans once again attempting to take over PNC Park during the holiday weekend, the Pirates kept them quiet and sent them back across the state with three losses. I’m not saying that’s a huge accomplishment – the Phillies...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wainwright hoping for another dominant start to power Cardinals past Pirates

Although the Pittsburgh Pirates are the NL's hottest team, the St. Louis Cardinals have to like their chances in Monday night's series opener at Busch Stadium. Adam Wainwright looks to continue his dominant run as one of baseball's best pitchers while Charlie Morton will look for his first win in 10 tries versus St. Louis. The Pirates (47-41) have won an NL-best 12 of...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Falter Late As Pirates Complete Sweep

Marlon Byrd provided all of the Phillies offense with a homer and 2 RBIs in their 6-2 loss Sunday Marlon Byrd homered in support of a solid A.J. Burnett, but the offense as a whole was stagnant against Jeff Locke and the Pirates, whose 6-2 win Sunday marked the team's...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Drop Finale 6-2, Swept by Pirates

The Phillies managed to scrape together just four hits against lefty Jeff Locke, losing 6-2 to the Pirates who completed their sweep of the Phillies. Losing Ways Continue The Phillies have now lost 9 of 10 and are 3-12 since winning five in a row. The Phillies have dropped to an NL-worst 14 games under .500, sit just one game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks to remain above the...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Batman and Robin

A few years ago, DC killed Batman. I mean, they didn’t really kill him; they shot him with a time-bullet or something and sent him hurtling back in spacetime so that he’d face to fight his way back to the present wearing a ridiculous pilgrim costume or whatever. The end result, though, was that Bruce Wayne was “dead” in the DC Universe for maybe a year or so and so in his...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Game 88

Last of the series against the Phillies and how fitting is it that Jeff Locke faces his father A.J. Burnett?  How many times in MLB history has a father/son combo started against each other?  This might actually be a first. We know how it’s going to end though.  It’s sweep day!  The Pirates can’t sweep anyone. So, will Locke get crushed?  Will A.J. Burnett throw a no-hitter...
Via This Is Getting Old
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Phillies

Friday, 5:05 (ROOT): Roberto Hernandez vs. Gerrit Cole Saturday, 4:05 (ROOT): David Buchanan vs. Edinson Volquez Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): A.J. Burnett vs. Jeff Locke In what seems to becoming sort of a tradition, the Phillies are in town for 4th of July weekend. This is always a fun time to be at the ballpark — the crowds will be huge, there’s lots going on downtown, the weather’s...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 85

Hmmmmmm.  Does this mean the Pirates are definitely going to lose?   Could they have turned a corner where now they are able to sweep teams? Either way, just being in a position to sweep on a fairly regular basis is not a bad thing. It’s going to be so hard to send Jeff Locke down once Francisco Liriano is ready. Today’s starter, Vance Worley, has been good, but man has Locke...
Via This Is Getting Old
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 14 Free Agent Fixes

In a lighter mid-week addition of this week’s article, a flame throwing right-handed pitcher has gotten his parent club’s attention and he could be on the way back to the majors very shortly as a result. Also, a pair of outfielders were promoted on Tuesday and immediately inserted into their team’s starting lineups. They are joined by an AL-only pick at first base that gets...
Via The Fantasy Fix
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, D-Backs 2

This one felt all too familiar, like the summer of 2013 when the Pirates would just find all kinds of ways to win games out of nowhere. The Pirates had no business winning this game – they were totally dominated by Wade Miley for eight innings, and while Jeff Locke pitched well again, a couple of soft hits and a defensive miscue put a couple runs on the board for Arizona. ButÂ...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 83

Yeah the Pirates are playing okay.  You wouldn’t know it by reading pretty much anything but alas they are clawing their way back. It doesn’t hurt that they played the Cubs, Rays, Mets, and now will play the Diamondbacks followed by the ****** Phillies. The Rays and D’Backs are a little different than the Mets and Rays.  Both of them could conceivably turn it around pretty...
Via This Is Getting Old
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates hang on for 6-5 win against Rays

The Pirates rode a familiar combination to their fourth consecutive win. Their starter provided them with another long, bullpen-saving outing. They assembled a multiple-run inning early. Those ingredients also worked Monday, and Tuesday they gave the Pirates a 6-5 win against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, sealing a series victory. Jeff Locke (1-1) allowed three runs in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at :11:30 a.m. Backed by strong performances from their banged-up rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates have moved above .500 for the first time in more than two months. Tampa Bay's David Price also has been solid of late, but has gotten little help from the Rays' inconsistent offense. With Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton looking to...
Via Fox Sports Florida
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 6, Rays 5

Another (mostly) smooth win for the Bucs, who have now won four in a row and above .500 for the first time in over two months. How about Jeff Locke? Since returning from Indianapolis – where he was extremely mediocre – he has been absolutely brilliant. I don’t think anyone expected this, but Locke has actually looked better than he did in the first half of last season for...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Game 77

Back to .500.  Small feat at the end of June for a team that won 94 games last year. The most important part of being at .500 or more is that the Pirates may acquire help at the deadline.  No way do they if they are under .500. Maybe they can even leave Florida with a player, if ya know what I mean. I don’t think .500 is anything to celebrate about but far be it from me to tell...
Via This Is Getting Old
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Even after endlessly hearing about the franchise's two decades-long quest to finish better than .500 before last season's 94-win campaign, the Pittsburgh Pirates are probably happy to think about going above the break-even mark in 2014. The Pirates should have Neil Walker back in the lineup as they try to climb above...
Via Fox Sports Florida
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe if we don’t talk about last night, it didn’t happen. Jeff Locke goes for the sweep.

Here’s my bullet-point recap of last night’s game: We learned that MLB did not at all consider force plays when writing the new plate-blocking rules this winter, and basically just made up a ruling on the spot that cost the Pirates an out and extended an already brutal third inning. It probably didn’t matter, because Edinson Volquez and Stolmy Pimentel were really bad last...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates come home to face the Reds

Look, I’m not going to pull punches. This has me scared: June 17: Johnny Cueto vs. Brandon Cumpton June 18: Alfredo Simon vs. Edinson Volquez June 19: Homer Bailey vs. Jeff Locke That is just ridiculously one-sided, even if Volquez and Locke have been pitching relatively well recently. Johnny Cueto has thrown two complete games against the Pirates, giving up a grand total of...
Via WHYGAVS?
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

Tuesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Johnny Cueto vs. Brandon Cumpton Wednesday, 7:05 (ROOT), Alfredo Simon vs. Edinson Volquez Thursday, 12:35 (ROOT, MLBN): Homer Bailey vs. Jeff Locke The Pirates are home for a very quick three game series with the Reds after an off day Monday, as they look to keep winning series and continue climbing back in to the hunt. The Reds have been a pretty similar...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 8, Marlins 6

What an absurd baseball game. Plenty of great performances and an absolute disaster in the ninth inning…and then Gregory Polanco saved the day in dramatic fashion. Greg Brown’s call: Polanco had one base hit in each of his first three games, but this will be the night we really remember him breaking in to the majors. He didn’t just hit that homer, by the way….he also had four...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 67: Pirates 8 Marlins 6

I want to say that I’m at a loss for words here, but that’s not entirely true. I have plenty of words to say about this game, it’s just difficult to find a place to begin unpacking everything that happened on this weird Friday the 13th game in Miami. For pretty much the entirety of this game, it looked like a worthy sequel to Thursday night’s easy win over the Cubs. The Pirates...
Via WHYGAVS?
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 1, Pirates 0

Gut-wrenching loss for the Bucs, who dropped the series, fell back to eight behind Milwaukee in the Central, and lost for the tenth time in thirteen matchups with the Brewers this year. Jeff Locke was unexpectedly terrific. This was vintage first-half-of-2013-Locke – quick out after quick out and ridiculous efficiency to post a bunch of zeroes. Locke had the tough, righty-heavy...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee's magic continues with 1-0 win in Pittsburgh

Anyone who may have missed Sunday's series finale between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates probably envisioned the uneventful pitcher's duel a 1-0 score usually indicates. However, Milwaukee's 1-0 victory to win its fourth series of the season over Pittsburgh was far from ordinary -- or easy. Yovani Gallardo bounced back from a rough outing with his best start...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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