JEFF LOCKE NEWS

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...
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12 hours 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...
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1 day 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...
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6 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...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Late Recap (Or early recap, whatever) — Game 98: Pirates 5 Rockies 3

In the last few months, I’ve dug pretty deep into Mike Spencer’s great history podcasts. His The History of Rome is more or less essential listening if you’re interested in that particular type of history. Since Rome concluded, he’s started on Revolutions, which is a tour of, well, revolutions, through the Western world; how the English Civil Wars set the stage for the...
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11 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...
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12 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Rockies 2

For the second straight night, the Pirates overcame some nervous moments and a couple mistakes to win a game that they should. Once the Rockies took the lead in the seventh inning, the mentality throughout the park just seemed a little different. There wasn’t a “doomed” feel to the game – obviously it was not a sure thing the Pirates were going to come back, but I think everyone...
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12 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  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...
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16 days ago  |  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...
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21 days ago  |  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...
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21 days ago  |  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
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
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25 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 don...
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25 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...
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26 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...
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26 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...
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26 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...
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26 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...
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28 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. But...
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July 01, 2014  |  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...
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June 25, 2014  |  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...
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June 24, 2014  |  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
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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