The legendary game show “Jeopardy!” has a baseball category — or, at the very least, a clue — every so often, which is a rare moment where I can feel intellectually superior to the contestants. It’s great.
Baseball made an appearance on Wednesday and it pertained to one of Nationals hurler Blake Treinen‘s pitches, as Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press captured on Twitter:
Thousands of baseball nerds shouted “what is a sinker?” at their television sets. Indeed, Treinen averaged over 96 MPH on his sinker this past season, the 14th-highest velocity among fastballs according to FanGraphs.
The exact pitch in question was thrown on May 29 last season against the Reds, a 1-1 pitch taken for a called strike against catcher Brayan Pena which registered at 100.3 MPH. Pena got the last laugh as he eventually hit a single.
Treinen, 27, was a serviceable arm out of the Nationals’ bullpen last year, posting a 3.86 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 32 walks in 67 2/3 innings.