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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has been on quite a tear since being secured from the Detroit Tigers a couple season’s ago, but imagine how dominant he would be if he had his triple-digit heat back and then some?


Randall Munroe, the creator of a popular web comic called XKCD, sometimes tackles hypothetical questions posed by readers and then illustrates the answer. In the following TED Talk he speculates what would transpire if a pitcher could throw at 90 percent the speed of light.

Turns out pitching at near light speed doesn’t bode well for the pitcher, the batter, the catcher, the umpire, the ballpark, or the city. For the sake of Houston and all the MLB cities the Astros visit, Verlander will have to look for another way to intimidate opposing sluggers.

After leading the league with 21 wins during the regular season, Verlander will take the mound tonight versus the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg looking to knot the World Series at a game apiece.