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Royals Pitcher Brian Bannister Says Normal Rules Don't Apply To Stephen Strasburg

Royals pitcher Brian Bannister uses physics and computer technology to help his game, according to a recent article in USA Today. Bannister takes to the computer after his games and looks for things like PITCHf/x, BABIP and xFIP. Simple, right?

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Anyway, Bannister prides himself on keeping his career alive despite having average stuff. He wants to out-think the opponent. He uses a lot of these new technologies with abbreviations I've never heard of to study his game.

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In light of Strasburg week, Bannister recently said he wouldn't even bother showing Strasburg the data he's collected.

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"It doesn't even apply," Bannister says. "(His) physical talent is so good. … But about 80% of guys have average stuff."

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Bannister, by the way, scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the SAT. His dad had a 15-year, six-team career so he's hoping for similar success...despite having average stuff.