Brian Bannister has struggled since April ended, going 6-10 with a 6.77 ERA since then. He’s given up 23 homers in 22 starts. His K/BB ratio leaves a lot to be desired – 75/47 over 124 innings.
So recent news that he’ll be skipped for a few starts shouldn’t surprise anybody. Over the years, Bannister has been a major proponent of using advanced statistics to prepare and analyze pitching performances. For him, it’s been by necessity – it’s what he has to do to stay in the game since he lacks the pure talent of an average major league starter.
But all the number crunching won’t add 3 mph to your fastball, or give it more movement, or keep it in the ballpark. Bannister may not even be used out of the bullpen, but instead take some time to rework his mechanics. Philip Humber, recently called up from Omaha will work long relief, so Bannister may not see game action until August 15 when the Royals suggest he may return to the starting rotation.
Filling in for him in the rotation is Bryan Bullington, who was recalled on July 28 and since has pitched four scoreless innings for Kansas City. He’s spent most of the year in Omaha as a starter, putting up a 2.82 ERA over 102 innings pitched with a 73/28 K/BB ratio. He should start on Tuesday in Anaheim.