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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.

Verlander and the Astros — who will be under intense scrutiny after admitting to a pitch-stealing scheme — will open the season for a four-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels starting on March 26.