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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%: 25/9 | Average Draft Position: 228.50
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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.


Pirates starter Jeff Locke hammered by homers, suffers defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke (2-2) gave up four runs on seven hits, two via the home run, in seven innings to take the loss against the Reds on Tuesday. 

Todd Frazier connected for a solo homer off Locke while Marlon Byrd added a two-run shot. 

After winning his first two starts of the season, Locke has now dropped two in a row.

"I don't think there's cause for concern or anybody stressing out or anything," Locke said. "It's still early ... There's no sense of urgency or anything like that. It's a long season."

Locke will look to return to form in his next start set for Sunday against the Cardinals.


Jeff Locke shelled in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke suffered his first loss of the season, giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings.

He allowed eight hits and walked three while striking out five. Locke fell to 2-1, with a 4.76 ERA. 

"The intent, everything's there. Just the execution of the pitch was not," Locke said, per MLB.com. "When the fastball was out over the plate, these guys were ready to hit it."

Locke next pitches on Tuesday against Cincinnati. 


Pirates LHP Locke not locked in, but gets no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Those who have watched Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke start fast and fade know that Locke is no lock to keep the good times going.

His latest start is indicative of his struggles to maintain consistency. After two strong outings, he surrendered four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings in a no-decision against the Cubs. He did strike out a season-high seven.

Locke's ERA jumped from 1.93 to 3.32 as he yielded a two-run triple to ninth hitter Elian Herrera in the second inning, RBI double to Addison Russell in the fourth and bases-loaded walk to Kris Bryant in the fifth. He had walked just one in 14 innings heading into the game.

He will try to zero back in on the strike zone Tuesday against the same Cubs, this time at Wrigley Field.


Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke throws eight innings in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke tossed eight innings Saturday, allowing just one run in Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over the Brewers Saturday.

Locke struggled in the first inning a bit where he allowed back-to-back singles to open the game. Then Jonathan Lucroy added a sacrifice fly to open the scoring. However, after the first, Locke controlled the game, allowing just two more hits in the final seven.

"His fastball command was good. He stood them up," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He used the glove side, mixed in a curve that played extremely well. And the changeup … Each (pitch) fed off the other."

He added six strikeouts and no walks to his totals and now boasts a 1.93 ERA. He will look to keep things rolling Thursday against the Cubs, where he has a good 1-1 record with a 3.81 ERA.


Jeff Locke goes six in Pirates' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke earned a win on Friday, going six innings in a 6-2 victory over the Brewers. 

Locke allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two. Locke threw 90 pitches, 62 strikes. 

Locke pitches next on Wednesday, against Detroit and Alfredo Simon. 


Pirates name Jeff Locke to rotation, Vance Worley heads to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Pirates named pitcher Jeff Locke as the fifth starter in the rotation Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Locke wasn't at his best this spring, giving up 10 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings while posting a 9:5 K:BB ratio, but he is still set to open the season in the rotation. He went 7-6 with a 3.91 ERA and 89:40 K:BB ratio in 131 1/3 innings in 2014.

Vance Worley, who was Locke's primary competition for the role, will head to the bullpen after allowing 10 earned runs in 17 innings while striking out 11 and walking one.

"With these two men … we wrestled all over with this, right down to their ages. And they're both 27," Hurdle said. per MLB.com. "Both worked so hard and wanted to be the guy. We looked at the [time] Jeff has been in the [Pittsburgh] uniform. We feel that getting out of the gate, we wanted to start with Locke in the rotation."