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49 Jeff Locke SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 11/20/1987 | Birthplace: North Conway, NH | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 32/19 | Average Draft Position: 228.31
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Brewers pound Pirates SP Jeff Locke for five runs Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) Jeff Locke is no lock to remain in the Pirates rotation if he continues to pitch like he did Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

Locke was clobbered for five runs on nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings before his merciful removal from the game. He walked none and fanned two in lowering his record to 7-9 and raising his ERA to 4.66.

Two doubles and a single in the first inning resulted in two runs. He continued to get singled and doubled to death until he was through.

Locke has just one quality start over his last eight outings.


Pirates SP Jeff Locke sharp in victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke held the Marlins in check Wednesday to pick up his seventh victory of the season. 

Locke (7-8) went seven solid innings -- his longest start since July 19 -- allowing just two runs on five hits. He registered 12 ground-ball outs while tossing 95 pitches. The win ends a two-game losing streak and drops his ERA to 4.46. 


Pirates' Jeff Locke remains winless in August


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke took the loss to San Francisco on Friday, dropping to 6-8 on the year. 

Locke remained winless in four August starts. He's 0-2 with two no-decisions since his last win, July 31. 

Locke matched a season-high with six earned runs allowed and set a season high by giving up 11 hits.


Pirates SP Jeff Locke strikes out five in no-decision Sunday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/16/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke was solid during his outing against the Mets on Sunday.

Locke allowed one earned run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five batters, but did allow two walks and a home run in a no-decision.

Locke has a 4.31 ERA in 129 1/3 innings this season.


Pirates' Jeff Locke loses third decision in last four


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke lost for the third time in four decisions, Tuesday against St. Louis. 

Locke dropped to 6-7 on the year, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings. It's the fourth straight start in which Locke has failed to last six innings. 


Pirates' Jeff Locke serves up two homers in no-decision Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/5/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke was given an early lead on Wednesday, but wasn't able to hang around for the win in the 7-5 victory over the Cubs. The Pirates were up 3-0 after three innings, but the Cubs started chipping away, and Locke left the game with the score tied 4-4.

Overall, Locke allowed four runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four, and did not factor in the final decision. He was done in by a big sixth inning by the Cubs, which included a two-run home run by Kyle Schwarber, and a game-tying solo shot by Anthony Rizzo.

Locke has had some trouble going deep into games recently, failing to pitch six innings in four of his past six starts.


Pirates SP Jeff Locke survives shaky second inning to pick up win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke was decent against the Reds on Friday. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out five, as he picked up his sixth win of the year in the 5-4 victory.

Locke (6-6, 4.21 ERA) allowed all three of his runs in the second inning, including a two-run home run by Ivan De Jesus. But he was able to settle in from there and gave the Pirates' offense a chance to rally back and take the lead. 

Locke had a good month of July, going 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA in five starts.


Pirates' Jeff Locke gives up four runs in no-decision on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke had a rocky start against the Nationals on Friday, but left with a no-decision in the 7-5 victory. Locke allowed four runs on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out five, throwing 57 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

Locke allowed all four runs in the fourth inning, after the Pirates had given him a 2-0 advantage. Pittsburgh would rally to regain the lead again, however, and Locke wound up not factoring in the final decision.

He owns a 2.89 ERA over his last six starts, but has just one win over that stretch. 


Pirates SP Jeff Locke receives loss in Sunday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Despite producing a quality start Sunday, Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke received his sixth loss of the season during the 6-1 loss to the Brewers.

Locke allowed three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out three batters and walked two. He is now 5-6 with a 4.01 ERA.

Locke has now lost his last two starts, but has earned a quality start in two of his last three outings. He has given up a total of five earned runs in his last four starts.


Pirates set rotation for second half of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) The Pirates will turn to pitcher Charlie Morton to open the second half of the season against the Brewers on Friday, the team announced.

After Morton's start Friday, the team will turn to Francisco Liriano on Saturday followed by Jeff Locke on Sunday.


Pirates' Jeff Locke let down by offense, defense in loss Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke was solid, but unlucky in his outing against the Cardinals on Thursday. Locke went five innings, allowing five hits and four runs, though only one was earned. He walked three and struck out five. His ERA dropped to 4.03.

Locke (5-5) gave up all four runs in the fifth inning, but a key fielding error by shortstop Jordy Mercer allowed three of those runs to score.

The left-hander was also bereft of run support, as the Pirates' hitters were unable to do much against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals' pitching staff in the 4-1 final.

Overall, Locke has been very effective lately. Over his last six starts, he has a 1.59 ERA and 26 strikeouts (compared to 11 walks). He only has two wins over that stretch, however.


Pirates SP Jeff Locke key to success in Saturday victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) The last time Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke took the mound for the eighth inning he was making his second start of the season.

He did it again Saturday against Cleveland. And he completed it with a shutout and just 89 pitches in the book. He did not finish it - closer Mark Melancon did that - but Locke did raise his record to 5-4 and shrink his ERA to 4.15 with the effort. That is its lowest point since April 23.

Locke breezed, giving up just two hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Cleveland managed both of those singles in the second inning. Double plays in both of the first two frames helped Locke keep his pitch count down. He retired the last 19 batters he faced and has yielded just five earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched.

"He really pitched a good game," Terry Francona told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "He located his fastbally downl off of that was a changeup, especially to the righties, spun some good breaking balls to the lefties."


Pirates SP Jeff Locke receives loss in Sunday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Despite producing a solid outing Sunday, Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke received his fourth loss of the season during the 2-1 loss to the Braves.

Locke allowed one run on five hits over five innings of work. He also struck out five and walked three. He is now 4-4 with a 4.55 ERA.

Locke is now winless in four of his last five starts and he has earned a quality start in two of those starts.


Pirates' Jeff Locke gives up season-high nine hits in no-decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke gave up nine hits, the most since July 31 of last season. 

Locke allowed four runs, two earned. He walked two and didn't strike out a batter. 

Locke left after four innings and ended up with a no-decision. His next start will be Sunday, against Atlanta. 


Pirates P Jeff Locke strikes out season-high 8 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke allowed two earned runs in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the White Sox. 

Locke went six innings, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight. The eight strikeouts marks a season high for Locke. His previous best this year was a seven-strikeout performance against the Cubs on April 23. 

Locke now has a 4.74 ERA this year. 

His next start is projected for June 23 against the Reds. 


Pirates SP Jeff Locke tosses six shutout innings in no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke didn't let a 90-minute rain delay keep him from putting up zeroes in his start on Friday against the Phillies. Locke tossed six shutout innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out two in the no-decision. The solid outing lowered his season ERA to 4.90.

Locke had given up 10 earned runs over his previous two starts, so this was a nice bounceback effort. He'll look to keep rolling in his next start, scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago against the White Sox.


Pirates SP Jeff Locke allows four runs in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke didn't have enough to shut down the Braves on Saturday.

Locke threw 6 1/3 innings in his team's 5-4 loss. He allowed seven hits, four earned runs and a home run, while striking out four batters.

"But he kept it in place," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "I thought he did all the things we asked him to do [in his between-starts sideline work], and was able to take it into the game and compete. The intent was better, he was aggressive through the zone. For the most part, he kept the ball down and moved it around."

For the season, Locke has a 5.37 ERA with 49 strikeouts.


Pirates P Jeff Locke to stay in starting rotation


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Jeff Locke will stay in the club's starting rotation, according to MLB.com

"We believe there are some things he can work on on the side, and revisit some things mentally, from an attack mode and an arsenal mode," Hurdle said. "No. 1 is he's got to spike the fastball command. He's got to throw every pitch with conviction and make sure he stays in control of things he can control."

Locke will make his next scheduled start this Saturday against the Braves. On Sunday, Locke allowed six earned runs in a 7-1 loss to the Padres. Locke is 3-3 and holds a 5.34 ERA this season. 

"We are going to have patience with Jeff," Hurdle said. "We believe the upside is very real: A young lefty pitcher with some velocity to the fastball, he can two-seam it, throws the change. The outings have not been what he wants or what we need. He's cutting some teeth now.


Pirates SP Jeff Locke in danger of losing role in the rotation


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/1/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke might be in danger of losing the fifth spot in the team's rotation, triblive.com reports.

Locke (3-3) threw four innings and gave up eight hits, including a two-run home run in another poor outing. In his last eight starts, Locke has a 6.48 ERA which is making it clear that he isn't producing enough to keep his team in the game.

“Across the board — rhythm, pace, execution — everything was short,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He's not getting enough strikes to give himself a chance.”

Hurdle won't decide on Locke's position in the rotation just yet, saying they will make adjustments to help him succeed if that's what they think is best.

“I'm always a guy who sleeps on everything,” Hurdle said. “We round up as a staff after every series and discuss things. First, you need to look at the delivery and the outing and then take it from there. We're going to look at Jeff Locke first and what we can do to help him out.”


Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke allows seven runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in just four innings of work in Pittsburgh's 7-1 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

Locke had issues in the first inning when he loaded the bases with one out. After getting a strikeout of Will Middlebrooks, he gave up an RBI single to Jedd Gyorko, scoring two runs. Then in the second, another run scored on a fielding error by Pedro Alvarez. 

The problems just kept mounting in the third when he allowed a two-run homer to Middlebrooks. One more run would score on an RBI single to center.

"When you fall behind these guys and you're forced to try to make pitches to them in hitter's counts, they're comfortable," Locke said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Locke, now 3-3, moved his ERA to 5.34 in 55 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Braves.

"Seventy-five percent of his pitches tonight were thrown out of the stretch," manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's challenging for anybody."


Pirates P Jeff Locke pitches 5 2/3 shutout innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't allow an earned run in Tuesday night's 5-1 victory over the Marlins. 

Though Locke walked four batters, he did strike out six and only gave up four hits through 5 2/3 innings. This was the first time during the 2015 season that Locke didn't allow a run during a start. 

The game tied a season-low for hits allowed but also set a season-high for walks allowed. It also extended Pittsburgh's winning streak to five games in a row. 

"I think everyone wants to keep this going as long as we can," Locke said, via MLB.com. "If we bump in and don't come out on top, then we've got another one the next day. I think the clubhouse right now is in a great place and everybody's doing a great job."

Locke now holds a 4.70 ERA this season. His next start is projected for Sunday against the Padres. 


Pirates' Jeff Locke strikes out six in quality start vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't factor into the decision on Wednesday after giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 4-3, 13-inning loss to the Twins.

Locke surrendered a three-run double in the first inning but was able to settle down and keep the Twins off the scoreboard over the remainder of his outing. He was even taken off the hook for the loss after Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo home run in the eighth.

Locke owns a 5.28 ERA and 36:16 K:BB ratio in 46 innings. He's in line to face the Marlins on Tuesday.


Pirates skipping Vance Worley in rotation this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) With a pair of off-days scheduled this week, the Pirates will skip Vance Worley's turn in the rotation, MLB.com reports.

Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke will square off with the Twins during a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday before the team hosts the Mets for a three-game series this weekend. Worley is 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA and 23:14 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.


Pirates starter Jeff Locke lambasted at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke will have no lock on a starting spot if he continues to pitch like he did Friday against the Cubs.

Locke, who was spared a loss when his team tied it in the ninth, allowed five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

He was fine the first time through the lineup. But he yielded a three-run homer to Kris Bryant in the third and solo blast to Anthony Rizzo in the fourth before his merciful removal.

Locke has surrendered 21 runs in his last 26 innings pitched to send his ERA soaring from 1.93 to 5.40. Pittsburgh has two days off next week, which could result in him skipping a start or being removed from the rotation.


Pirates' Jeff Locke allows three runs in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Locke made it through five scoreless innings and took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before serving up a two-run home run to tie the game. His offense retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth but Locke gave up a two-out double in the seventh and watched the runner score after a wild pitch and a single, which was to his final batter of the day.

Locke owns a 4.71 ERA and 26:11 K:BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Cubs in Chicago Friday.