PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- The Pittsburgh Pirates are about to head to the West Coast for a road trip after a brief three-game home stand. The Pirates went 1-5 last week on visits to Colorado and St. Louis. John Perrotto of USA Today told Troy Clardy Sunday that the stress that the pitching staff has been under this season is starting to take its toll.

“They could probably use a boost,” Perrotto said. “I wonder if maybe the Pirates don’t look to make some kind of waiver trade here between now and Aug. 31 to try to add a little reinforcement to the staff, whether it’s (a) starting pitcher or maybe at least another veteran reliever.”

Perrotto doesn’t think that it’s time to panic because of the current lull, but he has noticed that the Pirates as a team look a little fatigued.

“It’s a team that looks a little tired right now, which is fitting. It is the middle of August, they’ve been going at it for six months now,” Perrotto said. “I think the dog days of August have gotten to them, and what they need is just a little boost, a good win, some good fortune happening, and I think they’ll be back on track.”

Jeff Locke struggled Saturday against Arizona, in which he allowed eight runs and 10 hits over 2 2-3 innings. Perrotto told Clardy that he thinks that the fatigue extends to Locke.

“You’re looking at a guy like Jeff Locke, it’s his first full major league season,” Perrotto said. “Frankly, he looks tired. His pitches aren’t as crisp as they were in the first half.”

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