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Should Searage Be the Pitching Coach in 2011?

Should Searage Be the Pitching Coach in 2011?

Lost in the news about John Russell getting fired has been the talk about pitching coach Ray Searage potentially sticking around.  The Pirates haven't made any decisions, and have told Searage that he is free to talk with other teams.  My guess is that no decisions will be made on the coaching staff until a new manager is hired, so we probably won't know Searage's fate for at least a few weeks.  That said, what about the notion that Searage had a positive impact on the pitching staff?  Let's take a look at three starters who had significant time with Joe Kerrigan and Ray Searage in the rotation this season, and see how the players performed under Searage.

Zach Duke

Kerrigan 2010: 108.1 IP, 5.32 ERA, 5.65 K/9, 2.66 BB/9, 1.41 HR/9

Searage 2010: 50.2 IP, 6.57 ERA, 4.97 K/9, 3.37 BB/...

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