Max Scherzer's 20 Strikeouts in 20 Seconds (Video)
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Max Scherzer's 20 Strikeouts in 20 Seconds (Video)

His stuff was nasty Wednesday night.

Pitching in baseball this year has been insane. From the Mets' Noah Syndergaard to the Cubs' Jake Arrieta to the Nationals' Max Scherzer, it has been fun to watch the aces paint the corners and cause hitters' knees to buckle.

Scherzer was back at it again on Wednesday night. Mad Max struck out 20 batters in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. If you're keeping score at home, there's only 27 possible outs in a baseball game, and Scherzer recorded 20 of them via the punch out. Incredible.

It's like these guys are trying to one-up each other. There's the feeling that every night an ace steps on the mound, something special is going to happen. It's making baseball incredibly fun to watch again (on top of Bryce Harper).

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Ryan Zimmerman Is Absolutely Obliterating The MLB

Can you say Triple Crown?

Up until five years ago, no MLB player had won the Batting Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. It was in the year 2012 when Miguel Cabrera put an end to the 45-year Triple Crown drought by leading the American League in batting average (.330), home runs (44), and runs batted in (139).

But looking more closely at the Triple Crown trend, one thing really sticks out. In fact, while that 45-year drought was ended and now sits at just five years, there is still an active drought of 80 years. That drought is among National League players. Dating back to Ted Williams in 1942, the six batters to earn the Triple Crown have come from the American League.

Joe Medwick, a left fielder that played for the St. Louis Cardinals, was and still is the latest National League batter to win the Triple Crown having done so in the year 1937. But if there was ever a good time for that 80-year drought to end, it's now.

Two words: Ryan Zimmerman.

Washington Nationals' first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, 32, hasn't played in more than 115 of the 162 games in an MLB season since 2013. He is constantly dealing with injuries, and while he is extremely talented, this makes him unpredictable from a production standpoint.

This season, the 13-year veteran hasn't left a single trace of doubt of what he is capable of doing when healthy. And that's probably a huge understatement.

Here's a list of statistics that Zimmerman leads the MLB in through May 8th.

  • Batting Average*: (.410; next highest in MLB and NL is .372)
  • Hits: (48; next highest in MLB is 44; next highest in NL is 44)
  • Home runs*: (13; tied for MLB lead, next highest in NL is 12)
  • RBIs*: (34; next highest in MLB and NL is 31)
  • Slugging Percentage: (.855; next highest in MLB is .760; next highest in NL is .743)
  • OPS: (1.304; next highest in MLB and NL is 1.222)

*=denotes Triple Crown category

Triple Crown in the National League? How about a Sextuple Crown in the entire MLB! And some of these categories aren't even close right now. Zimmerman is 38 thousandths higher than the next best batter from a batting average standpoint, 95 thousandths higher than the next best batter from a slugging standpoint, and 82 thousandths higher than the next best batter from an OPS standpoint. Amazing.

Let's not forget, though, that there is a long way to go this season. The Nationals own the best record in the NL at 21-12, meaning they have played just 33 games and have 129 to go. But the flat-out dominance that Zimmerman has put on display so far this season has made a statement that if he can stay healthy, look out MLB.

Look out, Joe Medwick.

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Which MLB Team Are You? (Quiz)

Talkin' baseball.

It's just about time for MLB's 2017 regular season to begin.

If you're like me and have been following the game for a long time, things seem a lot different than they did 10-15 years ago. The Yankees are all about their youth once again -- for the first time since the Core Four came up around 1995/1996. The Washington Nationals were still in Montreal before 2005. And yes, most importantly, the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions for the first time in over 100 years.

It's definitely quite the time to be a baseball fan with the ever-changing landscape, and all the new, amazing, young talent coming into the game. So, take this personality quiz and see which MLB team you end up drawing.

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LeBron James Is Apparently Very Picky With His High Fives

LeBron and the Cavs had a good Wednesday night.

With five games left in each team's regular season, the Cavaliers and the Celtics were tied atop the Eastern Conference heading into a nationally televised showdown on Wednesday night.

Before the night was out, the Cavaliers had rightfully claimed their spot atop the East's standings with a huge win, thanks in large part to a tremendous game from LeBron James, who is still probably the best basketball player in the world.

LeBron came out with a focus like we've seen him conjure plenty of times, one very reminiscent of a certain Game 6 performance in Boston many years ago as a member of the Heat.

James tried to downplay the importance of this regular season game, but if you believed him, you're crazy: this was a playoff game to LeBron and the Cavs, and as we've said already, it seems they are (unsurprisingly) still the best team in the East by a wide margin.

Possibly the most impressive sequence of the game for James came in the first half, when he hammered home a dunk and the followed it up with this block on the other end. LeBron was so excited, he decided to high five a few fans.

He also ignored one.

I can't get over the framing of this shot. ESPN's camera people deserve legitimate awards (yes, multiple awards!) for how well this scene played out. It was so dramatic! This poor woman just wanted a high five, but what seems at first like a sure thing slowly fades into, "Oh... oh, okay, no it's cool, I'll high five you some other time..."

Thank you, LeBron. You are a gift who keeps on giving.

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The Phillie Phanatic Was Robbed Of His ATV On Monday Night

Off to the races!

The baseball is season is long. Teams play 162 games between April and September, and sometimes there are days that just stretch too dang long and seem like they'll never end, so ball players have to entertain themselves.

Case in point: we're only a week into the season, and already we've got players stealing mascot props!

On Monday, it was beautiful in the city of Philadelphia, where the Phillies began a three-game home series against the division rival Mets. This being the first time the Mets have visited the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park since last summer, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard felt a little extra cheeky as his teammates warmed up for the evening matchup.

Turns out it's not just the NBA's Robin Lopez who likes to mess with mascots:

That's some A-plus distraction work from Curtis Granderson there!

He makes friends with the Phillie Phanatic, who likes to spend warm-ups and inning breaks during Phillies games on his ATV, riding around the outfield and generally being a nuisance, which is fun.

Then Granderson talks the Phanatic into trying out some stretches, in case the Phanatic ends up pinch-hitting, while Syndergaard uses his dashing good looks and silent trot to steal the vehicle.

Baseball gets a bad rap for being boring! It's actually very silly.

Maybe the Phillies will roll out double ATVs tomorrow and the Phanatic and Syndergaard can race...

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Summer is the Best Time To Go To a Baseball Game

No matter where you are, it can't be beat.

When I grew up in Connecticut, my church would take a summer trip to the now destroyed Shea Stadium once a year to watch the Mets play. My dad would pay, at most, eight dollars for four tickets and we would see the Mets game. Seeing that the tickets were, at most, eight dollars, the seats were usually in the upper deck.

The two times I went to see the Yankees play, again, the seats tend to be far enough away that my dad's binoculars were as glued to him as my glove was to me hoping that David Wright, Carlos Beltran, or Jason Giambi would hit the highest foul ball in MLB History.

After working all this year to save up money for the summer, I decided to travel to Maryland to visit my older sister. After buying train tickets (it was cheaper than flying), I thought about things we could do, like visit nearby Washington D.C. or try the Maryland seafood.

It was during this time that I remembered she lived 20 minutes from Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Not being at a MLB game since 2008, I had to go to an Orioles game. However, a three straight road series crossed that dream off the list.

Okay, the Nationals then.

I bought the tickets only a couple days before the game, but still found great seats next to the left field foul pole, right in home run territory. After an 8 a.m. wake up and hour long metro ride to the stadium, we sat down in our seats an hour before game time. In that hour, we got up, looked for a game program and got cheese fries (which I almost immediately spilled on my white shirt).

After the pregame Independence Day ceremony, it was finally game time. I can't really tell you what happened though because my sister spent most of the game asking me about players, complaining that the game is boring, and on her phone playing with her apps. Essentially, all the issues baseball faces today with speed, technology, and interest.

Despite the perfect seat for catching a home run ball, Max Scherzer and Junior Guerra were pitching. A lone home run from the Brewers backup catcher about fifty feet away from us and that was the offense of the game. By the end of the game, the Brewers won 1-0, Bryce Harper went 0-for-3, and we took cover with a bunch of Nats fans from the rain.

Though nothing will beat going to the old Yankee Stadium in 2008 and watching a great game ending in a game winning hit from Robinson Cano, any MLB game I go to is always going to be a memorable and fun experience.