I have a hard time writing about how Jeff Locke should be removed from the rotation.
Locke has been an incredibly frustrating pitcher throughout his career. He shows signs that he's going to be a reliable MLB starter, and just when you buy in, he does a 180 and struggles. Then, right when you're about to give up for good, he turns things back around and starts showing his promise again.
This all started in 2013, when Locke had a great first half. He had a 2.15 ERA, although his 4.21 xFIP showed he was due for regression. Still, that 4.21 mark would have been good enough to be a starter in the majors. He did regress in the second half, but had the exact opposite situation. This time he had a 6.12 ERA and a 4.14 xFIP, looking much worse than he actually was.
In 2014, he once again h...
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