Jeff Locke says he has "gotten much better" over the last two years.

Jeff Locke, let's talk.

Heh. Rhymes.

Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates' 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You have pitched five quality starts in your last six outings in the last month, allowing an average of fewer than four hits per start. Combine those with your earlier starts, and you find yourself 11th of 59 qualified NL pitchers with a 2.73 earned run average. I'm not being tongue-in-cheek when I say you should be proud.

It just won't last.

Nothing personal, Jeff. You are still 25 years old and have a long career ahead, hopefully in Pittsburgh's rotation instead of some other team's. You were great in Tripl...

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