Hurdle, known for showing considerable loyalty towards players, is allowing Locke to keep his spot in the rotation for at least one more start, on the heels of a disastrous start against the Padres that fated the Pirates to only splitting a very-winnable series. As a refresher, here are Jeff Locke’s current season numbers:
Vance Worley fans may take umbrage with the news. Despite a couple of rough outings, Worley currently bests Locke with a 3.64 ERA and has looked steady in his relief appearances made since his demotion. One can speculate as to why Hurdle and Ray Searage, Jim Benedict, et al, may want to continue with Locke, but he clearly has not yet lost favor with the coaching staff despite losing it with Pittsburgh Pirates fans long ago.
Perhaps our friend Pat Lackey over at ‘Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? ‘ said it best.
Pat brings up a great point. The only other ready-made option is Worley, who seems to have lost the confidence of the coaching staff, having been passed over at the beginning of the year in favor of Locke, before starting the year as a starter with Charlie Morton‘s injury, and now being passed over again per se when a member of that same rotation is showing obvious ineffectiveness.
Many Pittsburgh Pirates fans can only hope that Locke’s leash grows ever shorter.