Zeitgeist’s got numbers — good, bad, amusing, intriguing — that take the pulse of the Seattle sports scene.
March 27-April 2, 2011
Number of errors for Oakland defense in the first 19 innings of the season against Seattle. That’s the most in the majors, needless to say.
Number of years since A Major League starting pitcher threw a complete game with no strikeouts on opening day as Felix Hernandez did Friday. Before that, it was Rick Rhoden in 1988.
Percent by which vasectomies spike during March Madness, according to urologist Stephen Jones of the Cleveland Clinic. Jones says that men “need at least a day with ice, keeping the area cool . . . Nothing makes guys want to be in front of a television more than March Madness.” (Deidre Silva)
Number of hits needed by Ichiro Suzuki starting the season to become the Mariners all-time Seattle hits leader. (John Hickey)
Number of times the Mariners have contested the Oakland A’s in an Opening Day game. The Mariners are 4-3 all time against the A’s in these contests, 1-3 in Oakland, 3-0 in Seattle. (Steve Rudman)
Number of Opening Day starts for Felix Hernandez as a Mariner, counting Friday’s in Oakland. Two have been in Seattle and the others have been in the Oakland Coliseum in 2010 and now in 2011. Last year he got no decision (big surprise, right?) by giving up three runs in 6.2 innings. The Mariners won the game anyway. (John Hickey)
Hitting streak that first baseman Justin Smoak carries into the season opener at Oakland. Smoak finished the 2010 season by hitting in his final 10 games. In those contests, Smoak hit .441 (15×34) (Steve Rudman).
Number of players who have been drafted by NBA teams since Lorenzo Romar took over as head coach in 2002, assuming Isaiah Thomas is selected. The list includes Nate Robinson, 2005, first round), Brandon Roy (2006, first round), Bobby Jones (2006, second round), Spencer Hawes (2007, first round), Jon Brockman (2009, second round) and Quincy Pondexter (2010, first round). (Steve Rudman)
Isaiah Thomas’s rank on the University of Washington’s career scoring list, 1,721 points. Thomas, announcing he will declare for the NBA Draft, also finishes ranked third in assists (415), third in 3-pointers made (164) and eighth in steals (122). (Steve Rudman)
Completion percentage for Jake Locker in his Pro Day workout for NFL scouts, after he completed 38 of his 40 passes. It is the highest completion percentage of any potential 2011 draftee, ahead of Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick (94.7), TCU’s Andy Dalton (94.2), Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert (89.8), and Auburn’s Cam Newton (83.3). Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, completed 49 of 50 in his Pro Day workout, 98.0 percent (Doug Farrar).
Number of wins in their Peoria Stadium home by the Mariners in Cactus League play this spring. That’s the second-best home win total for Seattle in Peoria, only after the 13 wins posted in 1994. (John Hickey)
Number of shots on goal Sounders took against Houston Dynamo — a new record that yielded only one goal. (Stanley Holmes)
ERA this spring for RHP Jamey Wright, who threw 12 innings in 11 games without allowing an earned run in the Cactus League. (John Hickey).
Washington football player, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who will enroll early from high school for spring football. (Todd Dybas).
Number of positions that Adam Kennedy, added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster on Monday, has played during spring game — first base, second base, third base and left field. Unfortunately for the Mariners, he’s hitting just .214 in 16 games (Steve Rudman).
Number of players remaining in Seattle’s Major League camp after a flurry of transactions Monday. The club must reduce to 25 players by Opening day on April 1 (Steve Rudman).
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