Re: Royals’ Bannister unafraid to do the math
He’s got all kinds of theories. Bannister would like to sit down with James, who lives about 30 miles down the road in Lawrence, Kan., or with McCracken, and ask them whether curveball pitchers tend to have lower BABIPs. He looks at the league leaders every year – Orlando Hernandez and Chris Young and A.J. Burnett and Barry Zito last year, Young and Josh Beckett and Pedro Martinez and Matt Cain the year before – and sees a wicked hook as the common thread.
This really got me thinking if Arroyo. Last year he came in with a .313 BABIP, as opposed to .292 for his career. So something was obviously causing him some bad luck last year. At least more than he's seen traditionally. With a little luck this year, that hook could lead to a lot of wins.
I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and 4,000 hits."