Not so long ago, Pirates lefty Jeff Locke was an All-Star and a core member of a playoff-bound rotation. However, Locke has struggled badly of late, pitching to a 7.25 ERA and 1.37 K/BB ratio over his final 10 starts. Not long ago, the Pirates decided he would not make another start in 2013. Now, comes this ...
#Pirates LHP Jeff Locke has been shut down for the rest of the year. As expected, he won't be on the postseason roster.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) September 29, 2013
Initially, there was some thought that Locke might fill a bullpen role in the postseason. Now, though, the Pirates have obviously decided against such an approach.
As such, the 25-year-old's season ends with a 10-7 record and a 3.52 ERA (100 ERA+) in 166 1/3 innings.