Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23 ERA) returned to the mound Saturday night, taking the loss in a 5-0 Pirates defeat. Overall it was an okay outing for Locke. He allowed 3 hits and 2 earned runs but lasted just 5 innings, throwing 53 strikes on 91 pitches. Whats remains very considering with Locke is the control problems. Locke walked four batters and leads the National lead with 78 walks, a stat you don’t want to lead the league in. Locke is the type of pitcher where his game is dictated by control as he doesn’t have swing and miss stuff. He is showing no signs of correcting those issues as Locke has walked 31 batters in his last 9 starts.
Jeff Locke’s (9-4, 3.22 ERA) woes continued Tuesday night in the Pirates 7-6 to the Milwaukee Brewers. Locke allowed 8 hits and 5 earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings. It marked the sixth straight start Locke was unable to go six innings as his time in the Pirates rotation is now running out. Locke’s numbers are brutual in the month of August: 22.2 IP, 35 Hits, 21 Runs, 20 ER, 16 BB, 16 SO, 7.94 ERA.
Jeff Locke (9-4, 3.01 ERA) takes the mound tonight for the start of a three game series vs the Milwaukee Brewers and after an excellent first half, Locke is pitching himself out of a likely playoff rotation. He’s entering a crucial next couple of starts. Locke allowed 3 runs and walked 4 in four innings pitched against the Giants on Thursday. Locke is 0-2 with a 6.59 ERA in his past six starts and has walked 14 batters in his last 18 innings pitched. Locke, though, has been dominant against the Brewers this season, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts vs Milwaukee. He pitched six shutout innings vs the Brewers on May 25th.