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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 surrendered five earned runs in three innings, allowing seven hits and five walks while fanning five in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
Both the walks and the strikeouts are out of character for Locke, who racked up 79 pitches in the brief outing. He now has a 5.54 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 37 walks in 104 innings. His next opportunity to ruin your team's ERA will come in an intra-league matchup against the Mariners on Tuesday. Jul 21 - 12:08 AM

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Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports the Pirates are looking to trade either Jeff Locke or Jon Niese.

The Pirates are hoping to get a deal done quickly with Gerrit Cole (triceps) returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The Bucs are also looking to create a spot for Tyler Glasnow in the starting rotation. Locke probably won't attract much trade interest. The 28-year-old owns an underwhelming 5.28 ERA over 18 appearances this year with a frighteningly low 4.72 K/9. Niese hasn't been much better. He's just 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA and a 6.29 K/9.
Jul 14 - 9:48 PM

Jeff Locke yielded five runs in four innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

With his ERA back up to 5.38, Locke is fortunate he still has a rotation spot. He's pitched worse than the demoted Juan Nicasio did. Still, he's probably safe for a bit, since Jameson Taillon has joined Gerrit Cole on the DL and Nicasio doesn't seem at all likely to return to starting.
Jul 7 - 12:42 AM

Jeff Locke pitched seven strong innings to beat the Dodgers on Saturday, giving up only one run on five hits.

He recorded three strikeouts and did not walk a batter. That makes two excellent starts in a row for Locke. He has allowed only one run in his last 13 2/3 innings after allowing 18 runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings. He will take a 5.12 ERA into his next start in Oakland on Friday.
Jun 25 - 10:30 PM

Jeff Locke shut out the Giants over 6 2/3 innings and the Pirates held on for a 1-0 victory Monday.

Locke confounded the Giants through 84 pitches, and it was actually the opposing pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, whose at-bat with two outs and a runner on second base in the seventh inning spelled Locke's exit. The southpaw struck out three without walking a batter in the outing. Locke now owns a 5.44 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 14 starts, and he'll try to keep the good times rolling Saturday against the Dodgers.
Jun 20 - 10:06 PM

Jeff Locke was pounded for seven earned runs on nine hits and a walk over four innings in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday.

He fanned three and gave up a home run to Kelly Johnson. Locke's record falls to 5-5 with a woeful 5.92 ERA on the season. He is in imminent danger of losing his slot in the Pirates' starting rotation. Elite prospects Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow are waiting in the wings. Gerrit Cole's injury status may keep Locke in the rotation a little bit longer.
Jun 16 - 12:16 AM

Jeff Locke was demolished in Thursday's loss to the Rockies, giving up a jaw-dropping 11 runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Locke also issued three free passes while striking out two on the afternoon. Coors Field can be a very difficult environment to pitch in, and the Rockies jumped on him early and often in this one, scoring four times in the opening frame, then added on a pair in the second, two more in the fourth, and another three before Locke was mercifully lifted in the fifth. What's impressive, is that all of that damage was done with just one home run (D.J. LeMahieu's two-run shot). Locke will try to put this disaster behind him when he takes on the Mets in New York on Wednesday.
Jun 9 - 9:02 PM

Jeff Locke allowed three earned runs over seven innings Saturday in a win over the Angels.

Locke gave up a solo homer to Kole Calhoun in the top of the first inning and another solo shot to Shane Robinson in the top of the sixth. He was otherwise pretty good, striking out two and walking none. This after he recorded his first career complete game in a three-hitter Monday versus the Marlins. Locke will carry a 4.28 ERA into his next start on the road against the Rockies.
Jun 4 - 7:19 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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