Comments on: Locke’s Control and a Weak Bench Are Two Concerns From Tonight’s Loss http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:39:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32371 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:30:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32371 14 base runners and how many runs did he give up. Thats a guy who is pitching and competing. As he gets better the walks will go down however you can’t argue that the guy gets the big outs (look at the ERA and the record).

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32366 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 20:58:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32366 True, but this is Locke’s first full season in the majors. Glavine struggled early in his career. I get KY’s point.

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By: Y2JGQ2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32359 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:32:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32359 agreed- he makes little sense at times

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By: Kevin_Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32357 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:11:21 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32357 In what world is 14 baserunners in 6 innings “Glavine-like”? If he doesn’t fix his control, it’s going to come back to bite him.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32351 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:00:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32351 I don’t see a problem with Locke’s walks, I think he will always have a lot of wallks, he is a corner pitcher and will not give in to the middle of the plate, he did that with Stanton, bet it does not happen again if he pitches to Stanton. A lot of his walks today were because of the patience of the Marlins hitters, they did not fish very much and they took a lot of close pitches, don’t forget they also struck out a lot.
I might have asked Hurdle why he is managing backwards if I had a chance to talk to him, some of these close games could have been altered somewhat with a little better managing.
If you have the nerve and I know around him it might take nerve, the next time you get near Hurdle, please do me a favor and ask him this question.
If he believes in hitting splits so much that at every chance he gets he goes righty, lefty at the plate, but on the mound he refuses to go lefty, righty even when the hitter has very poor split stats. I just would like someone to ask him why he has this philosophy and I will not accept his pitchers can pitch to anyone or they can pitch multiple innings, the stats still say most of time he has a better shot going left on left or right on right in many situations. I realize there are times when a manager is managing for later innings and other days, but their are times when a simple lefty on lefty change would alter a game considerably and tomorrow should take care of itself.
Example: Morris against Harper, Locke left in the game too long against Stanton and then removing Locke after he gets the next two outs?

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By: honusty http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32347 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:07:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32347 Agreed. The offense continues to be bad. Locke was not at his best, but he still held the Marlins to 2 runs.

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By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32346 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:01:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32346 Locke reminds me a lot of Tom Glavine. He just has a presence on the mound and he NEVER gives in. I do think he can maintain good numbers (probably not at the Cy Young pace he is on). I was one of the people who though Locke should not have even made the team yet now I am convinced he has really bright future. I also believe his mental make up allows him to pitch better then he really is. I am glad he is on our side.

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By: Roger Huffman II http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32338 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:37:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32338 I don’t dispute that the bench isn’t weak or that it doesn’t need upgraded. 1) how can Huntington/Hurdle justify that Jose Tabata, Michael McKenry, and Travis Snider are MLB caliber players. They can’t honestly say that Tony Sanchez, Alex Presley, and Andrew Lambo aren’t “ready” when they continue trotting those other bums out there. 2) How come Cutch never gets criticized for not coming through in clutch spots? I bet his numbers after the 7th inning with RISP are terrible .3) If guys like Marte, Walker, Jones, Martin, Alvarez, and Cutch would actually be what is called productive with runners on base throughout the game, the cruddy bench would not stick out like a sore thumb so much. Yet, no one wants to call out “The Pittsburgh Kid” for being lousy all year or the alleged “All Stars.” If they did their jobs, the bench wouldn’t be that much of an issue. David Todd has been on a crusade for the last year or so of the “best 25.” I agree 100% The Pirates can’t honestly say that Harrison, Tabata, McKenry, and Snider are among their best 25

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32331 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:32:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32331 Question for The Pirates Prospects staff. How many wins would the Pirates have today if they average 4.0 runs per game or 4.2 runs per game?

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By: David Cicotello http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/lockes-control-and-a-weak-bench-are-two-concerns-from-tonights-loss.html#comment-32328 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 04:06:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61558#comment-32328 Great column…I’ve referred to it as Apocollapse 3.0…a hybrid term that describes what WOULD be certainly a devastating “end-of-season” event…let’s hope it doesn’t

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