Jeff Locke looks to rebound career
May05

Jeff Locke looks to rebound career

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...

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The Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th
May04

The Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th

When the Pittsburgh Pirates sent down Brandon Cumpton yesterday, I was a bit surprised. Cumpton has pitched well in both of his starts this season, along with his time in Triple-A, and his time in the majors last year. There seemed to be no reason to send him down. Then I took a look at the schedule, and realized that the Pirates could get by with four starters for most of the month of May. I don’t know if this is why Cumpton...

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Jeff Locke Will Start For the Pirates on Monday
May04

Jeff Locke Will Start For the Pirates on Monday

Jeff Locke will be the starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, Clint Hurdle announced today to the media. Locke will most likely be recalled after today’s game, and probably will only be needed for a spot start. Locke got off to a late start this year with Indianapolis, after suffering an oblique injury in Spring Training. So far with the Indians, he has put up a 5.68 ERA in 19 innings. He does have an encouraging 17:5...

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First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates
May04

First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates

Dominance in the middle of the order Though Gregory Polanco has stolen most of the thunder this season in Indianapolis, Andrew Lambo has been almost equally as impressive. Polanco had a 10-game hit streak earlier in the season and has been the talk of the town with visits from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo. This attention fails in comparison to the excitement and the buzz that Polanco’s future promotion to Pittsburgh has caused...

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Prospect Watch: Joely and Wandy Rodriguez Struggle, Homers For Hanson and Lambo
May01

Prospect Watch: Joely and Wandy Rodriguez Struggle, Homers For Hanson and Lambo

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone...

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