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First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over

First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over

Jeff Locke was hit for five runs in the first inning today. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jeff Locke had a bad day.

The left-hander gave up five runs in the first inning to the Cincinnati Reds, putting the Pirates deep in a hole in an important game for their playoff chances.

Jeff Locke has had a bad second half.

Since his last start in July, Locke has a 7.42 ERA in 44.2 innings, including today's outing. During that time he only made it 6+ innings once. He had a few decent starts, and one dominant outing against the Cubs, but too many bad starts, and two horrible games, with today's included.

Jeff Locke's season should be over.

I like Locke. I didn't think he was as good as his first half, but I don't think he's this bad. I was saying that there was some regression due in the first half. Now he's gone from lucky to unlucky. There is regression to be had with the second half numbers. His first half FIP was 3.80. His second half FIP (before today) was 4.18. Going forward...

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