JEFF LOCKE NEWS

Washington 4, Pittsburgh 3; 16 August 2014 (Washington 68-53, Pittsburgh 64-59)

Photo Credit: ca.sports.yahoo.com Friday night, Washington won its 4th straight. Pittsburgh lost its 3rd straight. Gio Gonzalez and Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke were the opposing hurlers on Saturday night. Each team wanted to get another precious win as the season heads in to the last six weeks. Adam LaRoche hit a clutch two-out two run homer to tie the game, and Wilson Ramos’...
Via DC Sports-Kings
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Neil Walker back out of the lineup, Pirates hope Jeff Locke can help stem pitching woes

One day after Neil Walker’s second start in the month of August for a back injury that’s kept him inactive for two weeks but not on the disabled list, Walker is out of the lineup again tonight. I’m honestly speechless; the Pirates have had a pretty bad habit of keeping short rosters due to injured-but-not-disabled players for the entire Neal Huntington era, but they’ve never...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals – Game 123

Losing right now is less than ideal.  Charlie Morton eating **** on the mound is less than ideal.  The bullpen sucking is less than ideal.  Michael Martinez is less than ideal.  Jayson Nix is less than ideal.  The Pirates are less than ideal right now.  That needs to change in a hurry. This is game 123, this is the stretch.  Less than a quarter of the season left.  I know...
Via This Is Getting Old
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Locke cleared of game-fixing allegations

Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke wonders why a former childhood friend whom he hasn't seen in years would tell people Locke threw games at the behest of sports bettors during the 2012 season. “You could say it's because I come from a small town with envious people,” Locke said. “No one else from there is doing what I do. There's a lot of jealousy.” According to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

This looks like the beginning of a long night

This is the last Pirates/Tigers game scheduled to be played in PNC Park this year, and the Pirates and Tigers are both locked in razor-thin playoff battles. There is also quite a bit of rain in the forecast for Pittsburgh this evening. This could be a long night. The Pirates made a roster move this afternoon in anticipation of that possibility; Casey Sadler was sent down after pitching...
Via WHYGAVS?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 118: Pirates 11 Tigers 6

I suppose we could debate whether or not this game was exactly what the Pirates needed at this point in time, but the honest truth is that the Pirates really just need wins right now and this game represents their fourth win in seven games since Andrew McCutchen went down with his rib injury. Obviously there were some concerns about the offense when McCutchen went down, especially...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Leadoff: Weary Tigers look to bounce back against the Pirates

A beaten and tired Tigers (63-52) team coming off a 19 inning loss to the Blue Jays Sunday venture in to Pittsburgh to begin a two-game home and home with the Pirates (62-55). Justin Verlander gets the start for Detroit looking to make his way above the .500 mark this season while the Pirates counter with lefty Jeff Locke. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM ET from the PNC Park...
Via The Majors Detroit
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win over Marlins without Walker, McCutchen, 7-3

No Andrew McCutchen? No Neil Walker? No problem. For one night anyway. The Pirates marched on without several marquee players to beat the Miami Marlins, 7-3, Wednesday night at PNC Park, scoring four first-inning runs and adding three in the seventh. Jeff Locke gave up three early runs, but settled in to retire 13 consecutive batters, providing what may have been his best start...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 7, Marlins 3

The Pirates were able to overcome yet another injury (Neil Walker’s back – which hopefully won’t have him out for long) and a shortened roster on Wednesday night as they jumped out to a big lead and pitched well enough to hang on. The “here we go again” blues may have been starting to creep in when Jeff Locke allowed a quick run in the first inning, but the patchwork lineup...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Yelich homers but Marlins drop middle game to Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Harrison had three hits to extend his hot streak and Jeff Locke overcame a shaky start to pitch seven innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Wednesday night. Harrison hit a double and scored twice. He is 20 for 44 during a 10-game hitting streak, with six doubles, one triple and five home runs. Locke (3-3) gave up three runs in the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
13 days ago  |  Discuss

I think I’m just going to go to a movie tonight, instead

Look, here’s the deal: the Pirates have a baseball game tonight. Their best player is not playing. Another player, who is somewhere between their second and fourth best player (depending on your opinion of Russell Martin and Josh Harrison) is also not playing. Even though neither player is available in any way today, neither player is on the disabled list, so the back-end of the...
Via WHYGAVS?
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates series primer

Another series, another chance to gain ground in the National League Wild Card race. After opening their homestand with a series victory over the Washington Nationals, the Miami Marlins (54-57) dropped three of four to the Cincinnati Reds. They scored just eight runs over four games. Miami begins a six-game roadtrip in Pittsburgh where the Pirates (59-52) sit a half game back of...
Via Fox Sports Florida
15 days ago  |  Discuss

A brief recap and a few more thoughts on the trade deadline

I had the Pirates game on last night and was dozing off throughout the whole game, but my one main takeaway was this: Of course, hours after the Pirates fail to trade for pitching help, Jeff Locke gives up a game-breaking home run to Andy Marte. Andy Marte, you might recall, was once the successor to Chipper Jones in Atlanta, then was dealt to Boston for Edgar Renteria, then was...
Via WHYGAVS?
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates at Diamondbacks

Chase Field – Arizona Diamondbacks – Photo Credit: Devon Christopher Adams Coming in to tonight’s game at home versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Arizona Diamondbacks are 7-5 since the All-Star break. The Pirates are 8-4 in that stretch. The Diamondbacks have faced the Pirates once already this year – earlier this month in Pittsburgh – a series which the Bucs took by a...
Via Hot Stove MLB
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates face another lefty

At this point, seeing the Pirates line up against another left-handed pitcher makes me feel like I’m Superman and I’ve been in a room with Kryptonite for a week. With Starling Marte out, Brent Morel will start at third base again. Honestly, I have to keep checking to see if his name is Brett or Brent. I would have never imagined that he’d get two consecutive starts during a...
Via WHYGAVS?
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorad Rockies – Game 103

Well that was embarrassment,  maybe they’ll do better in Game 2 of  “Leftymania” brother! What a crazy crew the Rockies are.  Three lefties in a row?  So very silly.  Who the hell has three lefties in their rotation anyway? Of course, that’s probably the worst part about playing the Rockies if you’re a Pirates fan. Dem lefties. Well two can play at that game. The...
Via This Is Getting Old
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke looks to lead Pirates to sweep of Rockies

As crazy as it seems, if the Pirates can finish off their sweep of the Rockies at PNC Park this afternoon, there’s a pretty decent chance that most of the damage done by their 2-5 week against the Cardinals and Reds will be washed out before the first full week after the All-Star Break begins. The Brewers are sending Yovani Gallardo to the hill against Gio Gonzalez today, while...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies – Game 98

A win is a win but this is getting nuts.  It works against bad teams with bad bullpens but it’s probably at least partially why the Pirates have sucked so bad in their own division. I wonder if sweeping the Phillies broke the curse?  Can the Pirates sweep teams now?  Was that just a disturbance in the force? Fittingly, Jeff Locke gets the start today. He was the one that broke...
Via This Is Getting Old
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates second half preview: It won’t be easy, but it is possible

For as maddening as the first 95 games of the Pirates’ 2014 season has been, there’s one thought that keeps cropping up in my head: This Pirate team is really close to being really, really good.  With no disrespect meant to the 2013 Pirates, almost everything that happened last year felt a little bit like catching lightning in a bottle. Make no mistake: that was a good Pirate...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates at Rockies

Friday, 7:05 (ROOT): Jorge De La Rosa vs. Francisco Liriano Saturday, 7:05 (ROOT): Brett Anderson vs. Charlie Morton Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): Tyler Matzek vs. Jeff Locke Our long national nightmare (the All Star Break) is over and the unofficial second half of the season gets under way on Friday night. I think the break has given us some time to look back and size up the Pirates’ current...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

How Far Can the Pirates Go Without an Ace?

Early this month I wrote a post discussing some of the aces that are potentially on the market as the Pirates approach the trade deadline. I was adamant that the Pirates will not be serious contenders if they do not acquire an ace starting pitcher. A few days after my post was published Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com wrote an opposing view point in a post titled, “The Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Locke and Latos

To put it simply, now would be a very good time for the Pirates to start playing better against their NL Central rivals. I wrote about the eight-teams-for-five-spots race in the National League this afternoon, but it wasn’t really all that long ago that the Marlins and and Rockies were in the thick of things, too. If the Pirates are going to stick in this race as it starts to thin...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 93

Ho. Lee. ****. I guess the Pirates didn’t want to ruin their Pythagorean….. Protect that run differential. Edinson Volquez basically turning into a boss.  I almost can’t believe Clint Hurdle left him pitch an entire game.   An awesome performance. Jeff Locke.  I believe in you. Between my home Internet being down, a busy day at work, me writing this post on my phone, and...
Via This Is Getting Old
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds weathering injuries as Pirates come to town

The Cincinnati Reds were in an offensive rut late last week, but that seemed to be nothing more than a minor hindrance for a team that was at least healthy after three months of dealing with some fairly major injuries. Suddenly, they have two more. With Brandon Phillips joining Joey Votto on the disabled list, the Reds look to stay positive Friday night as they open a key series...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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