Is Jeff Locke's lack of regression due to the infield shifts? (Photo Credit: David Hague)

We've talked a lot this year about regression. Jeff Locke is a regression candidate. Jeanmar Gomez is a regression candidate. The entire Pirates' pitching staff has combined to lead the league in BABIP, and it's not close. You could say the same for strand rates, although the Braves and Royals are close behind them.

Every time the topic of regression comes up, it is met with "Maybe (insert player here) is the exception. Maybe he is doing something that allows him to continue with these unexpected stats." Usually the arguments read as desperation, trying to find some way that Jeanmar Gomez is actually a 2.76 ERA pitcher. And usually the players end up regressing.

So far the Pirates haven't reg...

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