Jeff Locke was hit for five runs in the first inning today. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jeff Locke had a bad day.

The left-hander gave up five runs in the first inning to the Cincinnati Reds, putting the Pirates deep in a hole in an important game for their playoff chances.

Jeff Locke has had a bad second half.

Since his last start in July, Locke has a 7.42 ERA in 44.2 innings, including today's outing. During that time he only made it 6+ innings once. He had a few decent starts, and one dominant outing against the Cubs, but too many bad starts, and two horrible games, with today's included.

Jeff Locke's season should be over.

I like Locke. I didn't think he was as good as his first half, but I don't think he's this bad. I was saying that there was some regression due in ...

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