"Pitching is such an important part of this club, and this group in particular is something we've talked about as needing to take a step forward if we're going to get where we want to go as an organization," said general manager Forst. "So, we didn't see that happening the first half of the season. Which is not to place the blame on Curt. Obviously there are other things. The defense, our struggles are well documented. We haven't scored runs at times. But as it relates to the pitching specifically, we felt like we needed to make a change."