JEFF LOCKE NEWS

Scoring early, pitching have been Twins' keys vs. Pirates

The Minnesota Twins might not mind it if the Pittsburgh Pirates moved from the National League Central to the American League Central. In their last 15 meetings, the Twins are 11-4 against the Pirates and it isn't hard to see why -- Minnesota has scored early and then gotten good pitching. Getting ahead early has been a key for Minnesota and if this past month is any indication,...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 96: Pirates 7 Nationals 5 (or: About Gregory Polanco)

As I always am for Pirates and Nationals games, I’m blacked from watching these games live this weekend and so I’m just sitting down now to watch some highlights from last night’s win. Beyond all of those obvious stuff (three home runs off of a guy they couldn’t get a hit off of a month ago, a win in the Jeff Locke/Max Scherzer matchup, etc.), I feel like it’s most worthwhile...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dingers > HBP’s

Last time the Pirates faced Max Scherzer, the story was all about a man with a lips tattoo on his neck getting hit by a pitch. (Oh, and that whole no-hitter thing.) I like this storyline a little better. Pedro got the party started – OF COURSE he comes alive after the trade talk heats up – but after Jeff Locke squandered the early lead and it seemed like Scherzer would find...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer v. Pirates: Round 2

The Pirates will face off against the pitcher that nearly threw a perfect game against them a month ago (and, uh, did throw a no-hitter, I guess I’m burying the lede on that one) tonight at PNC Park, and I won’t lie, I don’t totally hate their chances against Max Scherzer tonight. The National lineup that will face Jeff Locke tonight is pretty similar to the one that Francisco...
Via WHYGAVS?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers complete series sweep of Pirates

MILWAUKEE -- Rookie Taylor Jungmann pitched seven strong innings, Khris Davis hit a two-run double and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Sunday for a sweep. Jungmann (5-1), added to the Brewers' roster in early June, won his third straight decision. He gave up one run and five hits. Pittsburgh had won 13 of 16 going into the All-Star break before losing three...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Sunday Morning Catch-Up: The NL Central continues to vex the Pirates

I don’t understand this any better than you do, but here are the Pirates’ records against NL Central teams this year: Cardinals: 5-5 Cubs: 4-6 Reds: 2-7 Brewers: 6-5, but 1-4 since a 5-1 start The Reds and Brewers are just completely awful this year, and the Pirates have lost five of the seven series that they’ve played against them. These last two losses against the Brewers...
Via WHYGAVS?
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Brewers vs. Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers are in position for their first home sweep and will send a rookie to the mound who has already made quite an impression on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taylor Jungmann won his big-league debut over Pittsburgh less than two months ago and seeks his first home win in Sunday's three-game series finale. Milwaukee (40-52) can post its first four-game home win streak as...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates-St.Louis Cardinals series perfect for a first half ending

If  Pittsburgh Pirates fans could conjure up their version of a perfect weekend series, the current four game set against the St. Louis Cardinals would pretty much be the finished product. Going into the series against the division leading Cards, the Pirates knew that they couldn’t afford to squandered opportunities to make up ground. Even with Pittsburgh’s excellent play so...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t sleep on the NL Central title race

Fans who want to follow an exciting division race right now should look no further than the National League Central. While some of the other divisions in the league currently feature closer races in terms of win-loss records and games back (e.g. American League East), the battle for the NL Central crown could potentially be the most intriguing race this season. Although the St. Louis...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Jeff Samardzija edition

For much of the season Jeff Locke was viewed as the weak link in the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation. Currently the Bucs pitchers have the second best ERA in baseball behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Jeff Locke is coming off of his best start of the season and possibly his career having thrown eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits and striking out six. Locke has now allowed two...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates at the halfway point: Not quite perfect, but maybe close enough

This is the top-line: Through 81 games, the Pittsburgh Pirates are 47-34. That’s a 94-win pace, which would match their best season in a generation. That’s within percentage points of the Kansas City Royals (46-33) for baseball’s second best record. The Pirates haven’t finished with or tied for baseball’s second best record since 1992 (the Braves won 98 games, they won...
Via WHYGAVS?
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching up on Sunday morning: Locke and others

I made the decision to come back to PA for the Fourth this weekend pretty late, so I knew when I decided to come that I’d be seeing Jeff Locke in person on Saturday. I was a bit worried about this; it’s never fun to make the trip home and then to see a baseball game that’s over before it starts or that takes 3+ hours because the starter threw 95 pitches in four innings. We...
Via WHYGAVS?
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke Salutes America

For all the crap we’ve given Jeff Locke throughout the year, you’ve gotta give him major props for not only throwing an eight inning shutout masterpiece on Saturday, but also for doing it in record time (the game barely cracked two hours) – giving everyone more time to enjoy the holiday on a beautiful afternoon/evening. Sure, a quiet day from the Pirate offense helped out with...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke outduels Cody Anderson in Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians

In a very low-scoring matchup at PNC Park on Saturday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Neil Walker’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth turned out to be the only run that the Pirates needed on offense, as their pitching limited the Indians to only three base hits—none of which were extra-base hits. The interleague game featured...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jeff Locke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, retiring his last 19 batters, and Neil Walker had an RBI single to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Saturday. Locke (5-4) allowed only second-inning singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela as the Pirates ended Cleveland's five-game winning streak. The left-hander struck six, walked...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Lock down: Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Locke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, retiring his last 19 batters, and Neil Walker had an RBI single to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Saturday. Locke (5-4) allowed only second-inning singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela as the Pirates ended Cleveland's five-game winning streak. The left-hander struck six, walked none...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jeff Locke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, retiring his last 19 batters, and Neil Walker had an RBI single to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Saturday. Locke (5-4) allowed only second-inning singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela as the Pirates ended Cleveland's five-game winning streak. The left-hander struck six, walked...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Craig Breslow edition

As the All-Star game is fast approaching, teams will begin exploring trades more in depth and deals will be made soon. The Pirates have gotten back on track lately after hitting a bit of a rough patch. They currently sit seven games back of the division leading St. Louis Cardinals and should be looking at ways to improve this team. Many people, including myself have talked about...
Via isportsweb.com
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Job not finished

The Pirates have done a much better job (compared to past years) at completing sweeps this season, but they couldn’t quite get it done this time around and had to settle for 2 of 3 against the Braves. 2 of 3 is normally pretty good, but at home, against a sub-.500 team, when you had a chance to win a game pitched by Jeff Locke, dropping the final game of a homestand that wound...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Scott Kazmir edition

It has been apparent for some time now that the Pittsburgh Pirates are in need of a more consistent and reliable 5th starter for their rotation. Last night’s game solidified this as Jeff Locke was once again highly ineffective and couldn’t get past the 4th inning. While the top three pitchers of this rotation, Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett all have been pretty...
Via isportsweb.com
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

A mess, but a win

For a while, the Pirates looked to be continuing their weekend of misery in Washington as they returned to PNC Park on Tuesday. Jeff Locke didn’t get through five innings and put the Bucs behind 4-0. They couldn’t get any hits in the first couple innings against a guy that was not only making his big league debut, but also wasn’t throwing any strikes. There was more ugly...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates look to snap three-game losing streak against Reds, avoid being referred to as ‘the Struggling Pirates’

Upon a bit more reflection, I’d say that the Pirates’ weekend debacle in DC was probably more of a wake up call than anything. Building an eight-game winning streak is no easy task, even if it comes on the backs of the Brewers, Phillies, and White Sox, but it doesn’t mean the National League elites are just going to roll over and play dead for you. The National League is stacked...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Despite Late Rally, White Sox Drop Sixth Straight

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 17: Starting pitcher John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field on June 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Starting pitchers John Danks and Jeff Locke were able to work through one bad inning each on Wednesday night, but it was Locke who was able to minimize...
Via The Sports Journal
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff has been insanely good lately

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to extend their current winning streak to eight games today at 8:10 p.m. EDT at US Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox. If they continue pitching like they have been over the length of the streak to this point, the odds are strong that they will increase that streak. Over the past seven games, Pittsburgh has a team earned run average...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Still Sit 5 Games Back Despite 7 Game Win Streak

Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches for a save in the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated the White Sox 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Pirates are a win shy of matching the longest winning streaks in the MLB this season. The New York Mets and the Toronto...
Via The Sports Journal
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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