Jeff Locke won't start again for Pirates this season

Jeff Locke won't be doing this as a starter anymore in 2013. (USATSI)
Jeff Locke won't be doing this as a starter anymore in 2013. (USATSI)

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Pirates lefty Jeff Locke was a pleasant surprise for much of the season, as the 25-year-old had a 2.15 ERA as late as July 26. Since then, however, he's regressed badly: Locke has pitched to a 7.25 ERA and 1.37 K/BB ratio over his last 10 starts. On that front comes this tweet from MLB.com's Tom Singer:

As implied, the Pirates end the season with what figures to be a critical three-game road set against the Reds. Even if the NL Central is decided by Friday (the Cardinals presently lead the Pirates and Reds by two games), home-field advantage for the NL wild-card game should still be in play.

By pitching A.J. Burnett, Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole in Cincinnati, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle can ensure that de-fact ace Francisco Liriano is available and on full rest for the wild-card game against, in all likelihood, the Reds. Locke, presumably, will fill a bullpen role for the remainder of 2013. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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