Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area has reported that the Oakland A's have brought back pitching coach Curt Young for the 2012 season.
Young, who spent 23 years with the A's before last season, was the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox. The move doesn't come as a surprise to me as A's pitching struggled with consistency in 2011. One pitcher who struggled most was Trevor Cahill. Cahill, who started his season 6-0, went 12-14 with a 4.19 ERA in 2012 as he struggled with command for most of the season.
Curt Young will have a fine young pitching staff to work with. The staff is expected to include Gio Gonzales and Guillermo Moscoso, who went 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA in a rookie season where in most of his losses had very little run support.
With Young back, the A's young rotation will learn from one of the best pitching developers in the league. He developed the original Big Three of Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, and Barry Zito. He has also been with the organization for Dave Stewart, Bob Welch and the late 80's/early 90's when the A's pitching staff was one of the most dominant in Major League Baseball.
Expect the A's to be more consistent with Young taking the reigns as pitching coach. Expect the dominant pitching staff we expected when we crowned the New Big Three a couple years ago. Curt Young will get Cahill back on the right track after a down season in 2011. The A's now more than ever will be forced to depend allot on the pitching staff to do well next season as the offense has more questions than answers (I will get to that topic later).
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