Jeff Locke has reduced his season FIP from 4.47 to 3.77 over the last two months. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jeff Locke does not suck.

I wrote two months ago that Locke would not continue to dominate as he dominated the early part of the season. What he has done in those two months surprised me: he kept pitching to prevent runs.

Locke's winning performance in the Pirates' 3-2 Sunday victory in Cincinnati was indicative of the type of pitcher he is becoming. His control remains rough as he walked 4 of 22 batters and allowed his only run to score on a wild pitch that flew away from him. Continuing to miss the strike zone 59% of the time, third-worst in baseball, will lead to more men on base and more runs allowed.

Despite the control issues, Locke appears well-suited for the def...

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