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There may not be a player in all of Major League Baseball that is more methodical about their pregame ritual than Nationals' ace Max Scherzer.

Scherzer is enjoying one of the best stretches of his career right now, and was just announced as June's National League Pitcher of the Month.

The Nationals won all six of his starts in June, as Mad Max posted a 1.00 ERA with 68 strikeouts.

As the Nationals hope Scherzer's June success trickles into July in well past that, something will be a little different the next time he takes the mound.

Scherzer is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 6, the day the Nationals will wear the former Montreal Expos powder blue uniforms to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary. This will be the first time since the move to Washington that the franchise will sport any Expos gear.

So, Scherzer, who is a stickler for a routine in between starts, had to make a slight adjustment.

Known as someone who likes to do everything to a tee to simulate a live game as much as possible, Scherzer wore an Expos uniform on Wednesday while throwing a side bullpen session.

This isn't the first time that Scherzer has done something like that. During Spring Training in 2015, Scherzer sang the National Anthem before throwing his first batting practice session, attempting to replicate throwing in a real live game as much as possible.

 

"He always takes that break for the national anthem when he prepares to go start a game," Nationals then-manager Matt Williams said at the time. "He wanted to take the break, so we hummed it for him and made him feel comfortable in that regard so he could go out and do his live BP."

If little things like these are the reason Scherzer is so dominant on the mound, then the Nationals should be all for it.

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