By Mike Steffanos
If you're a Mets fan, you've been treated to endless early season updates on Brian Bannister's hot start for the Kansas City Royals. They always seem to start, "Now I'm not trying to upset you..." when, of course, that's exactly what they're doing.
Now it occurred to me today that I haven't seen a Bannister update for a while. I thought that the columnists had finally grown tired of yanking our chains and reporting on Brian's 3-0 start and 0.86 ERA. Maybe they're finally developing a conscience.
Not so much.
Bannister now has 6 starts on the season. In his last 3 starts he was roughed up in a loss to Oakland for 5 runs and 9 hits in 5 innings, touched up for 2 runs in 6.2 innings in a tough loss to the Indians, and torched for 7 runs on 7 hits in a 3 inning loss to the Rangers. Those 3 losses have dropped his record to 3-3, and upped his ERA all the way to 4.04.
I guess that's not newsworthy.
For what it's worth, I like Bannister and think he is going to have a fine career as a starting pitcher. I wish Omar hadn't traded him. I tend to doubt he will be the next Greg Maddux, however, despite all of the hype thrown our way early on in the season.
Back with another piece later this afternoon.