JEFF LOCKE NEWS

Misery in Milwaukee

You don’t need me to tell you about the Pirates’ woes at Miller Park….you’ve seen it all before. A lot.  They lost to the Brewers. They lost to an NL Central opponent. Jeff Locke pitched poorly. Aramis Ramirez had some big hits. (Wait, that’s actually a good thing now, but it didn’t change the previous statements.) Sigh. At least the Cardinals finally lost, but at six...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

If the Pirates only get to lose one game per series from here on out …

The Pirates lost last night, which I guess is fine so long as they don’t do that again in this series against the Brewers. Jeff Locke starts for the Pirates, while Zach Davies makes his big league debut for the Brewers. The Pirate lineup tonight is the same lineup they were mostly using before everyone returned from injury: Ramirez at third, Kang at short, Walker at second. Davies...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Brewers vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh veteran Jeff Locke and Milwaukee rookie Zach Davies have more in common than one might think. Both essentially are auditioning to remain in their respective clubs' starting rotations for as long as possible. Locke looks to help the Pirates avoid their first three-game losing streak in more than six weeks with another resume-building performance, while Davies hopes to shine...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cutch crushes, Pirates dance, Marlin fans knit

This game can be summed up with the following three videos: Andrew McCutchen killed a baseball. (Seriously, I think only Giancarlo Stanton is allowed to go up there.) A bunch of other Pirates joined him in feasting on Chris Narveson, as they quickly put seven on the board and cruised the rest of the way – you could say they were having a pretty good time out there. (Yes, the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins tagged for 6 runs in 2nd, fall to Pirates

MIAMI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Jeff Locke (7-8) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits for the Pirates, who have won four of five. Pittsburgh (76-49) remains four games behind first-place St. Louis (80-45) in the NL Central race. Miami's Chris...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins tagged for 6 runs in 2nd, fall to Pirates

MIAMI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Jeff Locke (7-8) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits for the Pirates, who have won four of five. Pittsburgh (76-49) remains four games behind first-place St. Louis (80-45) in the NL Central race. Miami's Chris...
Via Fox Sports Florida
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke faces off against Chris Narveso

With JA Happ pitching well and AJ Burnett throwing sim games conspicuously scheduled for the same day as one of his starts, Jeff Locke has to know that his starting job is (once again) on the line as we head towards the final month of the 2015 season. He hasn’t completed the sixth inning in a start since July 19th, though that’s partially due to the Pirates’ deepened bullpen...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Not fair? Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner hitting 400 foot home runs

This just isn't fair anymore. San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner launches a 400 foot plus two-run home run to left off of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke, his fifth of the season, to extend the Giants' lead.Bam.Please follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Like us on Facebook, Or return home for award winning writing.
Via Bob's Blitz
13 days ago  |  Discuss

As expected

I think we knew better than to totally write off a game – especially at home – because of a bad pitching matchup. We’ve seen the Pirates take down (or at least make life tough for) a number of aces lately, sometimes even without a strong pitching performance of their own…Kershaw, Harvey, Scherzer, etc. (And we’ve seen it go the other way, too, with Cole losing to the D...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates sweep Mets behind their bullpen and timely hitting

After Gerrit Cole’s short start against the Cardinals last week, I started to worry. With AJ Burnett out and both Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke struggling more often than not, seeing Cole fail to get out of the sixth inning in two of three starts (with a six inning start in the other) felt like it could be the harbinger of something bad. The Pirate offense has started to come around...
Via WHYGAVS?
18 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Pirates vs Mets, 1:10 PM

The New York Mets (63-54) maintained their 4.5 game lead atop the National League East despite consecutive extra-inning losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.61) will get the start on Sunday as the Mets look to avoid getting swept. He will oppose left-hander Jeff Locke (6-7, 4.43) for the Bucs in a 1:10 […]
Via Mets Merized Online
19 days ago  |  Discuss

From 1 to 162

One question that I’ve been struggling with since almost the beginning of this 2015 season is a pretty straightforward one. How do you define success for the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates? Would a division title be a success? Would a trip to the NLCS be a success? Would it take a World Series? From an emotional standpoint, my hunch is that because the Pirates have made the playoffs...
Via WHYGAVS?
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Knowing When to Lift Jeff Locke

If the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to catch the St. Louis Cardinals in the standings Clint Hurdle is going to have to do a much better job of managing the back end of the Pirates rotation. Last night he continued a post All-Star Break trend of leaving back of the rotation starting pitchers in the game to give it away in the middle innings. Last night with the Pirates leading 3...
Via Hidden Vigorish
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 110: Cardinals 4 Pirates 3

Wins don’t come easily for the Pirates at Busch Stadium, and so it’s hard to feel any way but frustrated after the Pirates dropped the first game of this three-game set there in what felt like an avoidable fashion on Tuesday night. The short version is that the Pirates took a 3-1 lead on the Cardinals thanks to a first-inning Starling Marte double, a third inning Gregory Polanco...
Via WHYGAVS?
23 days ago  |  Discuss

More Busch Blues

The Pirates lost in St. Louis. That isn’t surprising. They didn’t lose on an extra inning walkoff, like they did in their last three games there. But this was still a one-run loss and blown lead that was similarly frustrating, just like it always seems to be in that ballpark. The most irritating thing is that the Pirates did some good things. They are rarely blown away/totally...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
23 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s time to start referring to almost every series as the biggest series of the year again

From the Pirates’ perspective, it seems like nothing they do ever makes up ground on the Cardinals. Sometimes they drop down to eight or nine games back, sometimes they surge to within three or four, but most of the time the Pirates win and win and win and win and sit five or six games behind the Cardinals. From the Cardinals’ perspective, though, the Pirates must be almost as...
Via WHYGAVS?
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 11

Tuesday’s action brings all 30 teams back into action, but it’s still a pretty lean day overall. In spite of this, the preferred duel is a dandy. Check ’em out: Scott Kazmir (HOU) vs. Madison Bumgarner (SFG) 10:15 p.m. ET Kazmir wasn’t going to stay perfect in Houston, but despite allowing four earned runs last time out in a loss to the Rangers, just one was earned,...
Via The Sports Post
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals have a chance to cool off red-hot Pirates

Hosting the National League Wild Card Game for a third straight year would seem like a major accomplishment for a club that finished under .500 in each of the previous 20 seasons. But the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't settling for playing second fiddle to the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh looks to cut into the Cardinals' NL Central lead as it begins the second of three straight series...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

NL Central race starts to heat up as Cardinals host Pirates this week

Chris Lee / St. Louis Post Dispatch If we have learned anything in baseball this past weekend, it is that the NL Central (by far) is the best division in the majors. During this past weekend, the top two teams in the NL West went 0-7 against the second and third best teams in the NL Central (h/t to @MPHackmann on Twitter). The Pirates swept the Dodgers in three games and the Cubs...
Via STLSportsMinute
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke looks to lead Pirates to split with Cubs

Sorry for going MIA yesterday: I had my committee meeting early and a softball game right after work that ended up being a 15-inning epic that will live on in the lore of the Carrboro Co-Rec Slowpitch Softball League forever. I wouldn’t have much to add to last night’s game that wasn’t obvious: JA Happ looked bad, Jake Arrieta is good. Because of Monday night’s wash-out,...
Via WHYGAVS?
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Pirates: Haren vs. Locke (Game 106 Thread)

CHC (58-47): RHP Dan Haren (7-7, 3.42) PIT (61-44): LHP Jeff Locke (6-6, 4.21) First pitch: 6:05pmCT Fowler# cf Schwarber* c Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Soler rf Castro ss Denorfia lf Haren p Russell 2b   Polanco* rf Marte lf McCutchen cf Ramirez 3b Kang ss Walker# 2b Alvarez* 1b Cervelli c Locke* p Haren lost to the Nationals on Thursday (6 IP, 1 ER) in a game the Marlins lost 1-0...
Via Cub Reporter
29 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wrong J.A. Show

If this is what life is going to be like without A.J. Burnett in the rotation…there’s reason to be concerned about the state of this pitching staff. Granted, J.A. Happ‘s start wasn’t much different from what Burnett had been doing lately, but before we learned he was hurt that looked like more of an aberration. This outing from Happ was pretty much exactly what you’d expect...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillips, Votto try to stay hot against Locke, Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to have difficulty with the Cincinnati Reds but might face a different-looking team Friday night. The Reds could make at least one deal ahead of the trade deadline and before their attempt at a ninth win in 11 games against the Pirates, who made a notable move of their own Thursday. After winning five of six, Pittsburgh (59-42) was dominated in a 15...
Via AP on Fox
July 31, 2015  |  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?
July 25, 2015  |  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!
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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