NEW YORK – Much has been made about Ray Searage‘s ability to spin yarn, or at least Francisco Liriano, A.J. Burnett and others, into gold.
Searage’s track record the last several years has been sterling, his ability to communicate with players uncanny. But Searage has some work to do in 2014 as the Pirates’ starting staff has gone from a strength in 2013 to a great area of concern. The Pirates’ offense has actually improved – having scored the fourth most runs in the NL in June – and the bullpen is bound to improve when looking at those underlying skills.
But the rotation? Too many pitches have been up in the zone this season, or out of the zone, and the trend continued at Citi Field.