The story of Jeff Locke from 2013 all-star to minor leaguer in less than a year is well-known. However, Locke is getting an opportunity to rebound, as he will start for the Pirates tonight as they open a series against the Giants.
While Locke’s ERA is over five in his four starts at Indianapolis, some of this is due to tough luck. In his first two starts, Locke allowed all of his runs by way of the long ball. In that time, he struck out 17 hitters in 19 innings, while walking only five.
However, some of the runs are due to the overall contact from the opponents. Locke has allowed 24 hits in those 19 innings at Indianapolis and opposing batters are hitting an even .300 against him. With all of these numbers, Locke is still looking to improve on everything, as his season got off to a slow start due to an injury.
“Everything has been a work in progress,” Locke said. “Everything has felt a lot better every time that I have gone out. I have been able to reach my pitch count. In Brade...
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