BY Steve Rudman 06:56PM 02/20/2011

Numbers Crunch

Zeitgeist’s got numbers — good, bad, amusing, intriguing — that take the pulse of the Seattle sports scene.


    Feb. 20-26, 2011

  • .341
    Batting average for Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in 10 years of Cactus League games. He went 1-for-3 in Sunday’s opener against San Diego.
  • 17
    Players on the Mariners’ current 40-man roster who will be 24 or younger on Opening Day.
  • 2
    Outs for rookie Dan Cortes in Mariners’ intrasquad game Friday. He ran into his pitch limit (two walks, one hit, one run) before he could get the last out.
  • 2
    Pitchers acquired in last July’s Cliff Lee trade who will pitch in the Mariners’ intrasquad game Friday in Peoria. The pitchers? Josh Lueke and Blake Beavan.
  • 56
    Percent of MLS teams that will qualify for the 2011 postseason, according to the league’s playoff format released this week. It’s the highest percentage in a major pro sport. The NBA and NHL allow 53 percent of its teams to reach postseason play, while the NFL allows 38 percent. Major League Baseball allows 27 percent.
  • 3
    Wins needed by the University of Washington basketball team to achieve just the sixth undefeated home season in the 84-year history of Hec Edmundson Pavilion. UW has managed just two such seasons in the past 50 years, in 1984, when the Huskies were led by Detlef Schrempf, and in 2005, when they were led by Nate Robinson.
  • 1
    Pitcher from the Mariners’ so-called spring “Group 2” who isn’t facing hitters in live batting practice Tuesday. He’s Felix Hernandez, who is throwing a bullpen instead as the Mariners try to monitor his progress toward Opening Day. It’s the same plan for Hernandez as last year, when he went on to win the Cy Young Award.
  • 9
    Players on the Mariners’ 40-man roster that have yet to sign. Pitchers Dan Cortes, Luke French, Shawn Kelly, Garrett Olson and David Pauley, catcher Adam Moore, infielder Mike Carp and outfielders Greg Halman and Michael Saunders have until March 2 to agree to terms or their contracts will be renewed by the club.
  • 32
    Years since Seattle University hosted the University of Washington in a basketball game. The last time, on Dec. 15, 1979, the Huskies defeated the then-Chieftains 89-67 at the old Seattle Center Coliseum. The next matchup: Tuesday night at KeyArena.
  • 20
    Games lost to injury for the Washington Huskies this season. This includes Abdul Gaddy (14), Scott Suggs (3), C.J. Wilcox (2) and Venoy Overton (1).
  • 153
    Number a blocked shots by the Washington Huskies this season, a school record.
  • 150
    Career blocked shots by Husky forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning. He has a team-high 46 this season. He needs 37 blocks to pass Christian Welp for the school record.
  • 1
    Wins needed by University of Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar to reach 20 victories in a season for the fifth time. Romar’s mentor, Marv Harshman, had four 20-win seasons during his UW career (1972-85).

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YourThoughts

  • Cyphroned

    Sounders were tired? Puhlease, RSL has had by far the most difficult and congested schedule in MLS to date. They have played 3 more games than the Sounders, they have also had 3 separate “3 games in 8 days” including one this week. If any team in the league has an excuse to be tired, it would be RSL. They came out on the front foot, took the initiative and won the game. Their defense played well and the Sounders couldn’t muster a shot on goal the whole match.