Locke was 3-1 with a 4.14 ERA in nine starts for Indy and is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers. The Jekyll and Hyde of the 2013 season, he has one outing under his belt this year. He was cruising against the Giants when he gave up four singles in the sixth to the first five hitters and was yanked for Bryan Morris, who was treated equally poorly.
So he gets a shot at redemption this afternoon. A good performance could catapult him back into the rotation mix; the staff is in a bit of disarray right now with Gerrit Cole hurt and Brandon Cumpton struggling.
Gallardo has gone from hero to zero. In six starts since May, his ERA has grown to 4.08 from 1.91 and he's lost four of his last five decisions. He is 11-4/2.71 against the Bucs lifetime, and has started three times against Pittsburgh this year without a decision, putting up a solid 3.44 ERA.
Lineup: Josh Harrison RF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Russ Martin C, Pedro 3B, Starling Marte LF, Jordy Mercer SS and Locke. Gaby replaces a badly slumping Ike Davis, Marte is back on the barstool, and Russ is making a somewhat quick turnaround to catch again today.
The game starts at 1:35 and will be available on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
- The Bucs haven't announced the move yet, but someone has to go to clear a space on the active roster for Jeff Locke.
- One aspect of Pirate pitching that's been underplayed is the support behind them. The Bucs have surrendered 27 unearned runs in 61 games; last year, they only allowed 42 unearned tallies in 162 games. The preferred story line continues to remain defensive shifting, but the Bucs UZR in 2014 is -23.2 compared to +10.9 last season, and the fielding % has dropped from .984 in 2013 to .979. The shift isn't enhancing a good D, but masking a subpar one.
- Yesterday marked the first time Matt Garza has won back-to-back games since last July.
- Ex-Bucs: The Astros recalled LHP Rudy Owens from AAA Oklahoma City.