This whole Jeckyll and Hyde thing with Brian Bannister cracks me up. The day and night splits… It’s something that’s been going on for a long, long time. Just for fun, here are his career splits:
Night – 5.43 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 1.68 SO/BB
Day – 3.87 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 2.00 SO/BB
And his splits from this year:
Night – 7.66 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 1.65 SO/BB
Day – 2.37 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 2.25 SO/BB
I love it that people (i.e. reporters) feel the need to get to the bottom of this anomaly. Just because Bannister is a smart guy, he’s supposed to have the answers. Hilarious.
I’m not a smart guy, but here’s my guess at the answer:
It’s a strange coincidence. You know, sometimes things just happen. Did you know that Bannister has been much better at home this year than on the road? Look at this:
Home – 3.45 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 2.56 SO/BB
Road – 7.30 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 1.47 SO/BB
So he struggles at night, yet he was at home where he’s thrived this year. Someone needs to figure this out!
This is just a bunch of noise. Pick your split to fit your game story. I suppose if Bannister had dominated the White Sox, we would have read something about how he likes sleeping in his own bed.
Look, Bannister is a back of the rotation starter. His xFIP is 4.62, which is right in line with his career mark of 4.82. He generally allows a bunch of base runners and has difficulty keeping them from crossing the plate. A full 31% of all runners are scoring against him this year. And that’s among the best rate of his career.
Last year, he kept the ball down and enjoyed some success. This year, he’s elevating a bit more and has been touched for about three home runs for every two games. That’s not good. Not good at all. His strikeouts are down. His walks are up. He’s not having a good year. Yet, he’s having a Brian Bannister kind of year.
He’ll have good starts. He’ll have bad starts. Some will come during the day. Some will happen at night. Based on his skill set, he’ll have more bad than good – no matter the time of day. Not by a ton. But a few to make a difference. Enough to keep him in the back of a rotation.
Let’s quit trying to pinpoint Bannister’s issues with meaningless splits.
– Speaking of meaningless splits, did you know the Royals are something like 1-10 this year on Saturday. Did you know if Bannister starts a night game on Saturday on the road, the universe could explode?
– Kendall Watch: Fair is fair, so I’m obligated to point out Kendall has strung together a handful of decent offensive games and is now hitting .222/.301/.259 as a number two hitter. Maybe I should give him a break since his OBP is above .300. Plus, he only has one fewer extra base hit than Jose Guillen since June 3.
– Apparently, Guillen’s power has been suffering due to a blister on his foot. So he’s been playing more outfield. Makes sense.
– Blake Wood is getting a swing and a miss in around 7% of all strikes thrown. Yet he enticed Paul Konerko to flail at three pitches last night. That was kind of fun.