The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their second game in a row, falling 2-0 to the Miami Marlins tonight. Thus begins The Collapsening 3.0.3. Or 3.0.4. It's hard to keep track. There were two things that stood out in tonight's loss, which have both been problems as of late.
Jeff Locke walked six batters and struck out nine tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Jeff Locke Struggled With His Control
The big story with Jeff Locke this year is the debate over whether he will maintain his high ERA, or see a regression. His strand rate has been higher than average all year. Coming into the night it was 83.2%, which is much higher than the league average of 70%. Tonight Locke stranded 95.2% of his runners, bumping that season rate up to 84.3%. But it wasn't that he continued to strand runners. It...
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