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Jeff Locke | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
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Jeff Locke pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game as the Pirates drubbed the Marlins 10-0 on Monday.
Locke hadn't completed any of his previous 100 major league starts. The left-hander was looking like the obvious choice to be bounced from the Pirates rotation when the team promoted Jameson Taillon or Tyler Glasnow, but this certainly complicates things a bit. He lowered his ERA from 5.08 to 4.33 tonight. That's better than what Jon Niese (4.42), Francisco Liriano (4.63) or Juan Nicasio (4.79 (or 4.21 if Andrew McCutchen hadn't whined about an error) have done. May 30 - 10:06 PM

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Jeff Locke served up a pair of home runs in Wednesday’s outing against the Diamondbacks, ultimately getting tagged for four runs in 6 1/3 innings but earning his third win.

Locke was actually pretty good against the Diamondbacks, aside from a three-run second inning. He only needed 86 pitches to get into the seventh inning and walked just one. Of course, the lefty could only strike out one, so his fantasy performance ultimately rated negatively on the day. With a 5.08 ERA and only 32 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings, it will be interesting to see how long Locke can hold off Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, who are tearing up Triple-A.
May 25 - 10:36 PM

Jeff Locke held the Braves to two runs over seven innings in a win Thursday.

Locke struck out six while allowing six hits and two walks in the game. It was a much-needed win for the southpaw, who struggled his last time out and owns a 5.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through eight starts. The Pirates have no shortage of exciting young arms in their high minors waiting for a shot, so he'll have to keep pitching well to hold onto his rotation spot. His next chance will come Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
May 19 - 11:51 PM

Jeff Locke struggled in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, allowing six hits and six earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

With the force of nature known as Jake Arrieta throwing for the Cubs on Saturday, the Pirates never had much of a chance in this one. With that said, Locke's performance certainly didn't help matters. Anthony Rizzo took him deep on a wind-aided home run in the fourth and Addison Russell did the same two innings later. Locke drilled Miguel Montero with his last pitch of the game, possibly as retaliation for Arrieta plunking Jung Ho Kang in the fourth inning. Both dugouts were warned after the incident. Locke is now winless in his last three starts. He'll try to change that Thursday against Atlanta.
May 14 - 5:33 PM

Jeff Locke scattered three runs and four hits over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

Locke ran into trouble early, allowing a two-run single to Randal Grichuk in the opening frame. Stephen Piscotty took him deep for a solo home run two innings later. He settled in after that, retiring the last 12 Cardinals he faced. Locke finished with two walks and a single strikeout. He'll have a tough matchup in his next start Friday against the Cubs.
May 7 - 6:38 PM

Jeff Locke earned a no-decision in Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds, hurling seven innings of three-run ball.

Locke struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits over his seven innings of work. All three runs on his line scored in the sixth inning. The solid outing helped push his once bloated ERA down to a still overweight 4.73. Much of that weight came in an eight-run debacle against the Padres two starts ago. There isn't much fantasy upside here, but Locke will try to keep slimming that earned run mark when he tangos with the Cardinals in St. Louis next time out.
May 1 - 5:32 PM

Jeff Locke held the Rockies off the scoreboard for six innings in Monday's 6-1 victory.

In one of the most improbably good outings of the young season, Locke surrendered just five hits, walked two and recorded eight strikeouts. He entered the outing with a 7.24 ERA over his first three starts. Locke has an easier matchup against the Reds this weekend, but we wouldn't trust him.
Apr 26 - 12:25 AM

Jeff Locke was blasted for eight runs in three-plus innings by the Padres on Wednesday.

The Pirates wanted length out of Locke tonight, so they sent him back out for the fourth even though he had already given up seven runs. A homer and a walk later, he was finally removed. The outing took his ERA from 1.97 to 7.24. He has a 7/13 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings.
Apr 21 - 1:23 AM

Jeff Locke had major problems with his command in Friday's loss to the Brewers, issuing seven walks in his 4 2/3 innings of work.

Locke surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four on the night. The Brewers were able to scratch out single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, and while Locke did well to limit the damage in each frame, he simply wasn't good enough. He'll look to improve upon an unthinkable 1.97 WHIP and 5/9 K/BB ratio when he takes on the Padres in San Diego on Thursday.
Apr 15 - 10:42 PM

Jeff Locke did a nice job in Sunday's no-decision against the Reds, surrendering just one run on seven hits over six innings.

Locke won a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training. Making his regular season debut on Sunday, he did nothing that would cause him to lose that gig. The 28-year-old southpaw allowed a solo homer to Eugenio Suarez in the sixth inning for the lone run on his line. He would not factor into the decision, though, as the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 until the Reds won the game in the ninth. With a 4.49 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 30 starts last season, Locke should be viewed as a filler arm in deeper NL-only leagues. He will face-off with the Brewers in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 10 - 4:24 PM

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

Locke hasn't had the smoothest spring, posting a 6.63 ERA over five starts, but it wasn't enough for him to lose his spot. It appears that the final spot in the rotation will come down to Ryan Vogelsong or Juan Nicasio. The club has yet to make an announcement on their decision.
Mar 29 - 9:31 AM

Jeff Locke allowed three runs over five innings Wednesday in the Pirates' 6-5 win over the Orioles.

Locke allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three. He has a 6.63 spring ERA, and he'd seem to be the obvious choice to get bounced to the bullpen if the Pirates promote Juan Nicasio to the starting rotation. There's still some doubt whether they'll go that route, though.
Mar 23 - 5:32 PM

Jeff Locke gave up five runs and two homers in five innings Thursday in a loss to the Yankees.

Locke's rotation spot wasn't really in doubt at the beginning of the spring, but it might be now, what with Juan Nicasio pitching so well in his opportunities. Locke's 0-3 record and 7.07 ERA wouldn't be a major concern otherwise, but Nicasio is just making it really difficult to send him back to the pen.
Mar 17 - 5:35 PM

Jeff Locke allowed two earned runs over four innings Saturday in the Pirates' loss to the Tigers.

Locke gave up a home run to J.D. Martinez but was otherwise pretty sharp, striking out five batters against one walk. The left-hander should go five innings next time out. He's locked in as the Pirates' fourth or fifth starter.
Mar 12 - 4:13 PM

Jeff Locke bounced back from a poor first outing to shut out the Phillies for three innings on Monday.

Locke gave up four runs against the Tigers his first time out. He allowed two hits, walked none and struck out one today. Locke should be a nice late-round pick in NL-only leagues as the Pirates' fourth or fifth starter.
Mar 7 - 4:39 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Cole Figueroa
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Wilfredo Boscan
7Ryan Vogelsong
8A.J. Schugel
9Rob Scahill