The Fixes That Will Help Jeff Locke Avoid the Dreaded Regression
Aug08

The Fixes That Will Help Jeff Locke Avoid the Dreaded Regression

Jeff Locke may just be the story of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-handed rookie starting pitcher went 8-2 prior to the All-Star Break with a 2.15 ERA. He was the only starter from the Opening Day rotation to not miss a scheduled start until he sat out of the final game before the All-Star Break. And to be fair, he sat only as a precaution to take advantage of the upcoming break to rest his stiff back. In the post-All Star...

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Josh Harrison’s Pinch-Hit Walk-Off Homer Wins for Pirates 4-3
Aug07

Josh Harrison’s Pinch-Hit Walk-Off Homer Wins for Pirates 4-3

Final batter Josh Harrison was the hero. Tapped to pinch-hit for the Pirates in the 9th inning of a tie game, Harrison turned on the third fastball he saw. The ball flew and flew just over the right-center-field fence to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Tuesday night. “I was just watching [right fielder Giancarlo] Stanton’s reaction. I knew he wasn’t gonna catch it,” Harrison said after team leader A.J. Burnett...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before
Aug06

Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before

An interesting twist to the Pirates’ three-game weekday home series against the Miami Marlins is that they not only faced the Fish a week and a half ago, the two teams are using the same three starting pitchers they sent to the mound in Miami. The hitters see the same sequence of pitchers: righties Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins; LHP Jeff Locke, RHP Charlie Morton and RHP Gerrit Cole for the...

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Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion
Aug05

Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion

This is not a jinx. On this day last year, the Pirates’ playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting chickens before they hatch. These are the same conversations the Bucs’ front office people are having. Two points of order: the Wild Card Playoff acts as a separate...

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Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades
Aug03

Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades

We just really wanted to use the word exclusive, because it looks fancier than “one-on-one.” Starting pitcher Jeff Locke has a unique perspective on the Pirates organization. The 25-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves, and he spent 3.5 years pitching for the winning franchise before joining the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade. Locke then spent the next 3.5 years in Pittsburgh’s minor...

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