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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 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

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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

Jeff Locke allowed two runs over seven innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

Locke held the Brewers to just five hits and no walks, with his only mistakes coming on an RBI single from Jonathan Lucroy in the first inning and a solo blast by Rickie Weeks in the fifth. Still, he was on the hook for the loss before Russell Martin's heroics in the eighth inning. With a 3.60 ERA and 86/35 K/BB ratio in 127 1/3 innings over 20 starts, Locke has been a stabilizing force in Pittsburgh's rotation. He'll get the Braves in Atlanta next week.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Jeff Locke yielded three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday as the Pirates fell to the Cubs.

Locke gave up a two-run homer to Javier Baez as part of a three-run third inning for the visiting Cubs and the Bucs were unable to complete the comeback despite a late rally. Locke is 7-5 with a 3.66 ERA. He is scheduled to face the Brewers at home next.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 10:59:00 PM

Jeff Locke held the Phillies to one run and three hits over seven innings and struck out nine to win Monday.

Locke matched his career high for strikeouts established in July 2013 against the Marlins. He's now 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies. Unfortunately, he's done facing them for this year, but he does have another tasty start against the Cubs coming up next.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:58:00 PM

Jeff Locke was plagued by wildness Tuesday, walking five while allowing five runs -- four earned -- over three innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

Locke had gotten away with the walks in his previous starts -- he'd walked 14 in his previous 24 innings, spanning four starts, but was 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA to show for it -- but he couldn't pull the same escape act Tuesday. The left-hander gave up just four singles, but Adam Wainwright's well-timed two-run single chased Locke with no outs in the fourth. It was the shortest start of the season for the 26-year-old. He'll look to have a better outing Monday at the Phillies.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:46:00 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Locke will return to the Pirates' starting rotation Tuesday night in St. Louis. He never really left.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Nothing to read too much into, as Locke will surely rejoin the Pirates rotation once rosters expand in September. This was done merely as a procedural move to allow for an extra bench player for the next couple of days.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:37:00 PM

Jeff Locke spun 7 1/3 frames of one-run ball in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

Locke recorded just three strikeouts, but he was touched up for just one run in the form of a Matt Holliday solo blast in the third inning. The left-hander put up a 2.90 ERA over five August outings to lower his ERA on the year to 3.51. He'll try to keep it going next week in a rematch versus the Cards on the road.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:58:00 PM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
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
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton