Video: Hurdle Talks Locke, Bullpen; Strasburg More Efficient

Three videos today from the after the Nationals’ 5-4 win against the Pirates at PNC Park. Clint Hurdle’s interview is broken up into two parts and I was even able to snag some of Stephen Strasburg’s clubhouse interview. I’ll have a recap of today’s game up this evening but for now enjoy the...

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First Pitch: A Look at the Short-Term and Long-Term Pitching Moves

I was asked this morning on Twitter how the pitching staff would look on July 1st. The recent starts by Jeff Locke, the eventual returns of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton, and the possibility of Gerrit Cole arriving mid-season make that an impossible question to answer. That’s especially true when you consider that anything could happen between now and then. Pitchers could get injured, they could stop performing well, or...

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Is Jeff Locke Starting to Figure Things Out?

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...

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P3 Episode 1: The Bullpen, Snider, and a Nick Kingham Interview

As I mentioned last night in First Pitch, we will be doing a weekly podcast this year, providing major league and minor league analysis each week. The podcasts will include analysis from several Pirates Prospects writers, plus an interview with a player in the system. Before I get to the contents of the first episode, I want to thank several people for their help in setting this up. Charlie Wilmoth at Bucs Dugout, David Todd at ESPN...

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Pirates Shut Out Phillies 2-0 as Pitching Continues to Thrive

If Jeff Locke was pitching to save his spot in the rotation… he is well on his way. Locke put together the best start of his brief Major League career Tuesday night to tack on another outing to a strong run of Pirates’ pitching. After some early hiccups, Locke recorded outs on the last eight hitters he faced, then turned it over to the consistently stellar bullpen for the three final innings to close out a 2-0 victory over...

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