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Jeff Locke | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jeff Locke did not allow a run over five and two-thirds innings of work in Pittsburgh's 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Saturday.
Locke struck out six, walked two and allowed just four hits. While you'd like to see at least six or seven innings consistently, this was one of Locke's better starts of the season. On the year, Locke boasts a 3.98 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and a 57/17 K/BB ratio over 86 innings pitched. He'll face the Brewers next time out. Aug 17 - 12:04 AM

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Jeff Locke held the Marlins to three runs over seven innings, earning his third win of the season as the Pirates held on to a 7-3 victory.

The Marlins weren't able to do a whole lot against the lefty on Wednesday. Christian Yelich did the most damage, belting a two-run home run in the second inning, but Locke was stingy the rest of the way. Overall, he allowed six hits without issuing a walk, while striking out seven. Locke now has a 3.78 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 56/13 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Tigers at home on Monday.
Aug 6 - 10:20 PM

Jeff Locke was ripped for six runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in the Pirates' 7-4 setback against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Locke gave up nine hits, and it wasn't all soft stuff, particularly in the sixth inning, when he simply ran out of gas. In that frame, pinch-hitter Andy Marte smacked a two-run homer and Aaron Hill punched out a solo round-tripper. He was also obliterated Saturday against the Rockies, yielding six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, but posted a 2.38 ERA in his eight starts before that. The regression doctor has had an appointment with Locke for some time. Locke (3.77 ERA) welcomes the Marlins to town on Wednesday hoping the routine checkup doesn't reveal further deterioration.
Aug 1 - 1:00 AM

Jeff Locke was lit up for six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rockies.

Those results probably could have been anticipated. Locke has pitched well this season, but he was due for some serious regression and Coors Field saw that it happened on Saturday night. Locke walked three and gave up a whopping 10 hits. He still has a strong 3.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, but the left-hander is unlikely to provide great fantasy value down the stretch.
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

Jeff Locke had another fine start Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Reds.

Locke held the Reds to just one run over his first six innings of work before unraveling a bit in his final inning of work, but he still managed his seventh straight quality start. He struck out five and walked none in the no-decision and now owns a 2.89 ERA and 35/6 K/BB ratio in 56 innings over eight starts this year. He continues to gain momentum in mixed leagues.
Jul 11 - 11:01 PM

Jeff Locke allowed two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings in the Pirates' 6-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Locke gave up just three hits, two to Marlon Byrd, on the afternoon. The southpaw walked one while striking out four. He's been terrific since being recalled on June 8, turning in six consecutive quality starts with a 25/6 K/BB ratio. Locke has a 3.08 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in seven starts overall, and he'll take on the Reds Friday in Cincinnati.
Jul 6 - 5:30 PM

Jeff Locke allowed two runs on eight hits over eight innings but settled for a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Locke gave up eight singles and walked one, striking out three in the outing. The only damage against him came in the fifth inning, when the Diamondbacks were able to string together three consecutive hits for both runs. Despite not earning the win, Locke has been terrific this year -- after Tuesday's effort, the left-hander has a 3.46 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a 26/5 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings. He's not in must-own territory, but the 26-year-old has become a mixed league option with his pitching of late. Locke will toe the slab again Sunday against the Phillies.
Jul 1 - 9:50 PM

Jeff Locke picked up his first win of the season, allowing three runs over 7 1/3 innings as the Pirates defeated the Rays 6-5 on Tuesday.

Locke dominated the Rays but may have been left in for one pitch too many, as Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run with one out in the eighth inning to chase the lefty from the ballgame. It was still a strong effort, as Locke allowed eight hits, walked two, and struck out four. He'll take a 3.74 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and a 23/4 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Mets at home.
Jun 24 - 11:13 PM

Jeff Locke yielded two runs in six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Thursday.

Both runs scored on sacrifice flies. Locke held the Reds to just three hits and a walk and struck out a pair. The 26-year-old southpaw has pitched well since joining the rotation earlier this month, allowing two earned runs or less in all three of his starts while posting a 14/2 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. He makes for a solid streaming option next week against the light-hitting Rays.
Jun 19 - 5:45 PM

Jeff Locke held the Marlins to two runs over eight innings Friday, but was handed a no-decision.

It was the longest start of his major league career, but the bullpen blew his chance at a victory in the ninth inning. Locke gave up seven hits (including a solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton) and no walks while notching seven strikeouts. He has allowed just three runs with a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 15 innings over two starts since coming up from the minors. We wouldn't trust Locke in mixed leagues quite yet, but he's gaining momentum once again.
Jun 14 - 12:06 AM

Jeff Locke allowed one run on three hits over seven innings but took a tough-luck loss against the Brewers on Sunday.

Locke and Yovani Gallardo squared off in a pitchers' duel, and an Aramis Ramirez RBI groundout in Locke's final inning of work proved to be the difference. The start was still much better than Locke's first go-round with the club, when he allowed six runs in a spot start. With Gerrit Cole on the disabled list, Locke will surely get another look. That start will most likely be Friday at the Marlins.
Jun 8 - 4:46 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Locke will start on Sunday against the Brewers in place of the injured Gerrit Cole (shoulder), and it's possible he'll remain in the rotation for a while if Cole has to miss significant time. The left-hander allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in a spot start earlier this season. He holds a 4.02 ERA with 47 strikeouts across 56 frames for Indianapolis this year.
Jun 8 - 10:15 AM

The Pirates will recall Jeff Locke to start against the Brewers on Sunday.

With Gerrit Cole dealing with shoulder fatigue, Locke will get a look. The southpaw was hit hard in a spot start on May 6, allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Jun 7 - 7:59 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Locke was hit hard in a spot-start Monday against the Giants, allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings. He should be back in the big leagues again before long.
May 6 - 2:42 PM

Jeff Locke is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Locke gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a spot-start against the Giants. The Pirates are expected to add a reliever to take his spot on the roster.
May 6 - 1:13 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Ike Davis
2Pedro Alvarez
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Jayson Nix
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel