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Is Jeff Locke Starting to Figure Things Out?

Is Jeff Locke Starting to Figure Things Out?

Jeff Locke has thrown 13 shutout innings in his last two starts.

Don't look now, but Jeff Locke has a 2.83 ERA in 28.2 innings so far this year in the majors. That number is probably too low for his actual skills. He has a 4.60 xFIP, which suggests his overall performances have been nowhere near the actual result. But Locke is starting to show some improvements.

We saw some of those improvements last night against the St. Louis Cardinals. Locke had a strong start, going seven shutout innings and allowing just three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. That followed a start where Locke threw six shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing two walks and two hits, with six strikeouts.

You would like to point to those starts and say that Locke is starting to figure things out at the major league level. He's thrown in each of the last two seasons, but both trips to the majors came at the end of the season, after a full year in Indianapolis. This is the first ye...

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