Exactly what enables the San Francisco Giants phenom to defy logic was the focus of a recent Sports Illustrated article. In short, the Freak relies on a different set of biomechanics. His motion is smooth, without any hitches. His left side remains pointed at the target for as long as possible. His follow-through is long and low. His stride length on the mound is 130 percent of his height, while most pitchers' are just 72-90 percent. Just try taking a stride that long. Then do it 100 times per game on a dirt mound. His motion requires an athleticism and flexibility that most major league pitchers just don't have.