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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 pitched seven innings of two-run ball to earn the win versus the Marlins on Wednesday.
Both runs came early, as Martin Prado hit a solo home run in the first inning and J.T. Realmuto plated the Marlins' second run with a ground out. Locke gave up five hits and a walk while striking out three. The quality outing was one of very few for the lefty in the second half. On the season, he's carrying a 4.46 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and a 105/52 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. Locke will start versus the Brewers in Milwaukee next. Aug 26 - 10:00 PM

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Jeff Locke was demolished in Friday's loss to the Giants, giving up six runs on 11 hits over his five innings.

Locke struck out a pair and walked one in the ballgame. Most of the damage against him came via the long ball with Marlon Byrd and Madison Bumgarner each swatting two-run homers. The weakest link in the Pirates rotation this season, Locke will look to improve upon a 4.56 ERA and 1.44 WHIP when he squares off against the Marlins in Miami on Wednesday.
Aug 21 - 10:51 PM

Jeff Locke pitched well in a no-decision, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings, as the Pirates defeated the Mets on Sunday.

The lone run came in the second inning when Travis d'Arnaud slugged a solo homer. It was one of only four hits the lefty gave up along with two walks and five strikeouts. Locke will carry a 4.31 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a 100/50 K/BB ratio over 129 1/3 innings into a home start against the Giants next.
Aug 16 - 5:28 PM

Jeff Locke allowed four runs over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Locke danced around trouble for much of the first four innings, but it caught up to him in the fifth. Locke issued two leadoff walks, and both came around to score later in the frame. He gave up seven hits and three walks in total. Locke dropped to 6-7 with the loss, owning a 4.43 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 22 starts. The southpaw will next take the hill Sunday at the Mets.
Aug 11 - 11:34 PM

Jeff Locke got a no-decision in Wednesday's win against the Cubs, serving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Locke faltered late, giving up two home runs in the sixth inning: a two-run blast to Kyle Schwarber, and a no-doubt solo homer to Anthony Rizzo. He only gave up four hits overall and walked one while striking out four. The lefty has more or less kept the Pirates in games in which he's started, but still holds a mediocre 4.31 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP and a 92/45 K/BB ratio over 119 innings. Locke opposes the Cardinals in a road start next week.
Aug 5 - 10:41 PM

Jeff Locke yielded three runs over five innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

All three runs scored in the second inning, including a two-run homer from Ivan De Jesus Jr. All told, Locke allowed five hits and three while striking out five batters. He improves to 6-6 with the win and now owns a 4.21 ERA and 88/44 K/BB ratio over 113 1/3 innings this season. His spot in the rotation should be safe at least until A.J. Burnett comes off the disabled list, so he lines up for a start against the Cubs next week.
Jul 31 - 10:34 PM

Jeff Locke yielded four runs over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Nationals.

He struck out five. All four runs scored in a 43-pitch fourth inning in which he gave up three hits and walked three. Locke was in line for the win after the Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Nationals quickly tied things in the sixth. The southpaw will bring a 4.15 ERA into a start against the Reds on the road next week.
Jul 24 - 10:53 PM

Jeff Locke surrendered four runs -- one earned -- in five innings Thursday in a loss to the Cardinals.

This wasn't one of his better outings, but Locke's ERA continued to tumble anyway; it's dropped from 5.37 on June 6 to 4.03 now. All four runs he allowed tonight came in the fifth after shortstop Jordy Mercer committed an error on a grounder. Locke didn't help matters by hitting a batter and walking another during the frame.
Jul 9 - 10:42 PM

Jeff Locke allowed one run over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

The final tally looked alright, but Locke was terribly inefficient, using 95 pitches to get through five innings. He allowed five hits while walking three in the outing. The lefty now owns a 4.55 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through 15 starts. He'll next take the mound Saturday against the Indians.
Jun 28 - 4:25 PM

Jeff Locke lasted just four innings Tuesday, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on nine hits in a no-decision against the Reds.

It could have been worse for Locke, as he was fortunate all nine of his hits allowed were singles. Locke also walked two without striking out a batter. The southpaw has been up and down this year, owning a 4.73 ERA and 1.51 WHIP after Tuesday's start. Locke will try to get back on the horse Sunday against the Braves.
Jun 23 - 10:50 PM

Jeff Locke limited the White Sox to two runs over six innings, earning his fourth win on Wednesday.

Locke was working on a shutout, but the White Sox used two walks, a double, and a single to push across two runs in the sixth inning. They were two of only three hits and the only two walks the lefty yielded on the evening while he struck out eight, a season-high. Locke will bring a 4.74 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 59/28 K/BB ratio over 74 innings into a home start next week versus the Reds.
Jun 17 - 10:51 PM

Jeff Locke tossed six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.

Locke scattered six hits -- all singles -- to go along with one walk and two strikeouts. He also hit a batter. While the southpaw was excellent, he just didn't get any help from his offense on this night. Still, after back-to-back rough outings, he'll take it. Locke owns a 4.90 ERA through 12 starts this season and lines up for an assignment against the White Sox next week on the road.
Jun 13 - 1:04 AM

Jeff Locke came away with a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Braves, surrendering four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.

The Braves scored solitary runs in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings against Locke, who was in line for a loss until the Pirates scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning to take him off the hook. He struck out four and walked two in the contest. After posting sub-4.00 ERA's in each of the last two seasons, Locke has some work to do if he wants to make it three straight years. He's the current owner of a 5.37 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. He'll face the Phillies in his next start as he works to lower his number.
Jun 6 - 10:11 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Michael Morse
3Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3B1Josh Harrison
2Aramis Ramirez
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5J.A. Happ
6Jeff Locke
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Joakim Soria
3Tony Watson
4Antonio Bastardo
5Jared Hughes
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Joe Blanton
9Deolis Guerra
10Brandon Cumpton