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Jeff Locke | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jeff Locke was clobbered in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday, allowing six runs on eight hits over his four innings.
Locke also issued three walks in the ineffective outing while striking out three. Vance Worley came in afterwards and tossed four shutout innings, and could be an option to replace Locke in the rotation should his struggles continue. He'll look to improve upon his gruesome 5.34 ERA and 1.54 WHIP when he does battle against the Braves in Atlanta on Saturday. May 31 - 11:59 PM

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Jeff Locke held the Marlins scoreless over 5 2/3 innings, earning the win as the Pirates won 5-1 on Tuesday.

Locke walked four while allowing four hits, but was able to dance out of danger with six strikeouts. The lefty hadn't had good results but the Marlins have been wont to help out opposing pitchers as of late. Locke has a 4.70 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 42/20 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll make his next start in San Diego against the Padres.
May 26 - 10:20 PM

Jeff Locke notched a quality start, yielding three runs in six innings, but took a no-decision as the Pirates lost in 13 innings to the Twins on Wednesday.

All three runs scored when Torii Hunter drove in three runs with a double in the first inning. Locke, overall, gave up seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. All things considered, it could have been worse. Locke has a 5.28 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP and a 36/16 K/BB ratio over 46 innings. He hasn't won since April 18, but he'll look to change that in his next start at home against the Marlins.
May 20 - 11:14 PM

Jeff Locke pitched poorly against the Cubs on Friday, allowing five runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

Four of the five runs came on home runs, with Kris Bryant hitting a three-run bomb in the third inning and Anthony Rizzo smacking a solo shot in the fourth inning. Locke struck out four and walked three while allowing six hits in his short time on the mound. This season, he holds a 5.40 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He'll take these iffy numbers into a home start against the Mets next time he takes the mound.
May 15 - 7:24 PM

Jeff Locke held the Cardinals to three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday in a Pirates victory.

Locke was left with a no-decision because the Bucs didn't grab the lead for good until the bottom of the seventh. The left-hander tallied just one strikeout, but he worked efficiently all afternoon against a Cardinals lineup that has proven capable of big outbursts. Locke will carry a 2-2 record, 4.71 ERA, and 1.35 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Cubs.
May 10 - 4:23 PM

Jeff Locke got the loss on Tuesday, allowing the Reds to score four times in seven innings.

Locke gave up a pair of home runs in the process: a solo shot to Todd Frazier in the second inning, and a two-run blast to Marlon Byrd in the third. Overall, he yielded seven hits and two walks while striking out five. After posting strong results in his first two starts, Locke has been mediocre in his last three and now has a 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and a 25/9 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. He'll find an even tougher match-up in his next scheduled start as he takes on the Cardinals at home on Sunday.
May 5 - 10:22 PM

Jeff Locke allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

The Cubs jumped on Locke early, scoring runs in the second, third and fourth innings before chasing the lefty. He walked three, an issue he's battled throughout his career, and struck out five in the outing. Locke will carry a 4.76 ERA into Tuesday's start against the Reds.
Apr 28 - 11:44 PM

Jeff Locke yielded four runs over five innings in a no-decision in Thursday's victory against the Cubs.

Locke allowed a bunch of base runners, as the Cubs tallied seven hits and three walks. However, the lefty was able to use seven strikeouts to his advantage to limit the damage. The Cubs lucked into two runs in the second inning when Andrew Lambo misplayed a ball in left-center, leading to a two-run Jonathan Herrera triple, which -- aside from the hard contact -- wasn't really Locke's fault. Locke heads into next week's Wrigley Field start versus the Cubs with a 3.32 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 15/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
Apr 23 - 3:56 PM

Jeff Locke allowed one run on four hits over eight innings of work against the Brewers on Saturday.

Locke gave up a sacrifice fly to Jonathan Lucroy in the first inning and nothing the rest of the way. He struck out six without walking a batter. Locke tends to issue too many free passes (2.7 BB/9 last season), so it's nice to see him with a clean column. Despite the walk tendencies, his ability to keep opponents off the board makes him a palatable, if unsexy fantasy option in NL-only leagues. We don't think Locke's ERA will stay south of 3.00 (it's currently 1.91), but a high-2.00, low-3.00 ERA could be in play. Locke will look to shackle up the Cubs in his next outing.
Apr 18 - 9:59 PM

Jeff Locke held the Brewers to two runs over six innings in a 6-2 win on Friday.

Locke gave up seven hits and a walk against two strikeouts. The only damage against him was a two-run single from Adam Lind in the fourth. The southpaw had a 3.91 ERA across 21 starts last season while averaging 6.1 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 and should keep a spot in the rotation at least until Charlie Morton (hip) proves his health. He's a fine option in NL-only leagues and a worthy matchup play in mixed formats.
Apr 10 - 11:54 PM

Jeff Locke has won a spot in the Pirates' starting rotation.

It's a bit of a surprise, as many thought that Vance Worley would begin the year in the rotation while Locke would pitch out of the bullpen, but the situation will actually be flip-flopped. Color us confused. Locke has a 6.59 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 30 - 4:30 PM

Jeff Locke pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball Friday in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Twins.

Locke pitched better today than Vance Worley did yesterday, but Worley has still had the better spring and was the favorite to serve as the Pirates' fifth starter going in. Expect Locke to open up as a middle reliever and still make a bunch of starts over the course of the year.
Mar 27 - 5:24 PM

Jeff Locke got lit up by the Astros on Tuesday, surrendering six runs in three innings.

The fifth-starter battle in Pittsburgh would seem to be just about over, with Vance Worley earning the gig. The right-hander was the clear favorite entering camp anyway. Most likely, Locke, who is out of options, will be kept as a reliever, since he's too valuable as rotation depth to place on waivers. However, the Pirates might be open to trading him if they get a nice offer. The big problem with that idea is that Brandon Cumpton, who probably would have been next in line for a rotation spot behind Locke, is out for the season following Tommy John.
Mar 17 - 5:11 PM

Jeff Locke allowed two runs over three innings of relief Wednesday versus the Phillies.

Locke was up to four scoreless innings this spring before giving up two runs in his last inning of work today. He's battling Vance Worley for the fifth spot in Pittsburgh's rotation.
Mar 11 - 4:21 PM

Jeff Locke lost to the Braves after giving up six runs in four innings on Wednesday.

Awfully poor timing for Locke to have his worst start of the year. The Pirates will probably now lead towards Vance Worley as their fourth starter if they advance to the NLDS. Locke finishes the regular season 7-6 with a 3.91 ERA. He was solid enough on the whole, but it probably won't be good enough to guarantee him a spot in the Pirates' rotation for 2015. He'll have to compete for a job again.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:36:00 PM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jung Ho Kang
2Jordy Mercer
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Arquimedes Caminero
6Rob Scahill
7Brandon Cumpton