Jeff Locke gained some velocity in 2015, but his results took a turn for the worse in his third full season in the Pirates' rotation. The southpaw went just 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA over 30 starts, though he was better at preventing home runs than he was the previous season. Assuming Locke gets another crack as a starter, he could conceivably get his ERA under 4.00, but that's still not enough for him to get drafted in mixed leagues.
Locke agreed to a one-year, $3.025 million deal with the Pirates on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Locke showed solid durability during the 2015 campaign, logging 30 starts, but his production was a tick below his previous seasons as he posted a 4.49 ERA. That said, his FIP was at 3.95, suggesting he was the victim of some bad luck. The 28-year-old lefty figures to be a fixture in the middle of the Pirates rotation once again in 2016.
Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke (8-11) allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out four across in a loss to the Dodgers on Friday. Locke had allowed just two runs on seven hits over his two previous starts, so the regression was disappointing to see him struggle on Friday. On the other hand, it was against the Dodgers and Zack Greinke and that's a tough matchup for any pitcher. A 4.48 ERA and 1.41 WHIP are less than desirable and he'll likely miss out on making any starts in the playoffs with the depth of the Pirates rotation. Locke has to pitch in dreaded Coors Field on Thursday in his next start.
The last time Pirates starter Jeff Locke faced the Brewers he was pounded for five runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He got his revenge Saturday. Locke shut down Milwaukee over 6 1/3 innings. He allowed one runs on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts, his highest total since June 17. The lone run on his ledger scored on a sacrifice fly by Luis Sardinas after he was removed from the game. It marked his finest performance since an Independence Day blanking of Cleveland.
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 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.