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Max Scherzer has been near perfect through his first 20 starts, notching a 19-1 record and on the brink of becoming the first pitcher since Roger Clemons in 2001 to start the season 20-1. But does Scherzer's record mean he's a better pitcher than the MLB ERA leader Clayton Kershaw? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Baseball's best pitchers

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

Athletics
14-5, 2.97 ERA

Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks
13-4, 2.79 ERA

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

Rangers
12-5, 2.68 ERA

Jorge De La Rosa

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies
14-6, 3.28 ERA

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez

Marlins
10-5, 2.30 ERA

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke

Dodgers
13-3, 2.86 ERA

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

Mets
9-5, 2.27 ERA

Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez

Mariners
12-8, 2.97 ERA

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers
13-8, 1.72 ERA

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees
11-10, 2.89 ERA

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

Phillies
11-6, 3.07 ERA

Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano

Pirates
14-6, 2.74 ERA

Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Braves
13-5, 2.99 ERA

David Price

David Price

Rays
8-5, 3.28 ERA

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

White Sox
10-12, 2.99 ERA

Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers
11-7, 2.61 ERA

Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer

Tigers
19-1, 2.73 ERA

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Tigers
12-10, 3.73 ERA

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals
15-8, 2.96 ERA

Jordan Zimmerman

Jordan Zimmerman

Nationals
15-7, 3.32 ERA

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Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl

Baseball fights are odd -- people rarely get hurt, very few punches actually connect and the whole thing generally lacks closure. The Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl was no exception, especially since it happened after three batters were hit, one of whom was hit in the nose. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario has vowed that the feud between the two teams isn't over, and there are 10 more contests between the two this season. They'll have to work out their differences soon, as MLB plans on making them the first teams to play regular-season games in Australia next year.

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  • Which team was more at fault in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl?

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  • Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario said the feud between his team and the Diamondbacks isn't over. Will the teams fight again at any point in their remaining 10 games this season?

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Major League Baseball has suspended Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin eight games for charging Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit by a pitch Thursday night. That's a good deal less than the eight weeks Greinke will be sidelined with a broken collarbone he sustained in the fracas. Did the punishment fit the crime? SportsNation weighs in.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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No one ever gets hurt in baseball fights, right? There's an initial charge (usually blunted at the very last second), a bit of pushing, lots of posturing, maybe an ejection or two, but in the end, all the players return to their dugouts having received only emotional wounds. That wasn't the case in Thursday night's Dodgers-Padres brawl, which resulted in Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke breaking his left collarbone after a tussle with Carlos Quentin. The Dodgers as a whole are furious, with Matt Kemp confronting Quentin after the game and Don Mattingly suggesting that Quentin be suspended for as long as Greinke is out. Considering the collarbone is kind of important, that might be a while.


Purpose pitch?

Carlos Quentin has been hit more times than any other major leaguer since 2008. Greinke has hit him three times, the most recent incident coming during the 2009 season.

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Do you believe that Zack Greinke threw at Carlos Quentin on purpose on a 3-2 pitch in the sixth inning of a one-run game?

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Punishment for Quentin?

Don Mattingly wants Quentin suspended for as long as Greinke is out, which would be unlikely to occur but would be pretty harsh if it did.

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What do you think of Don Mattingly's idea to suspend Carlos Quentin for as many games as Zack Greinke ends up missing?

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Incoming retaliation?

Normally teams have a period to cool off before facing each other again, but the Dodgers and Padres will have only this weekend -- they play their next series starting on Monday.

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Will the Dodgers hit Carlos Quentin at any point during their next series against the Padres? (April 15-17)

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Greinke's absence?

The Dodgers have gotten off to a 6-3 start, but losing a pitcher like Greinke could derail even the best teams.

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Will the Dodgers make the playoffs if Zack Greinke misses a significant amount of time with a broken collarbone?

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The Brewers are shopping Zack Greinke around the league, as a likely short-term rental for a competitor. Jayson Stark thinks the Angels, Rangers, Braves and White Sox have the best chance of getting him. What do you think?

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