With the Pirates taking ample looks at Jeff Locke in the rotation for the final month of the season, the rookie has shown flashes of good stuff. Pittsburgh's rotation heading into the offseason has several possible vacant spots and Locke has an opportunity to prove that he belongs in it. In two of his four starts in the Majors this season, Locke has held the opposing team to three runs or less. However, in those other two, the left-hander allowed five runs in each.

Heading into his start on Wednesday, the biggest issue for Locke had been the long ball. Locke allowed six home runs over just 24.2 innings. But one great sign was his walk to strikeout ratio. Over his last four starts, Locke walked four while striking out 22 batters over 20.1 innings.

Locke didn't have any issues with the...

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