Zeitgeist’s got numbers — good, bad, amusing, intriguing — that take the pulse of the Seattle sports scene.
April 3-9, 2011
5 Number of games with an RBI to start the season for OF Michael Saunders through Sunday. That ties the club record set by John Olerud in 2001. (John Hickey).
10 Pitchers since 1900 other than Mariners’ Felix Hernandez to have made at least 172 starts before turning 25. Hernandez, who turned 25 Friday, has 174. The others are Bert Blyleven, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Larry Dierker, Catfish Hunter, Dwight Gooden, Bob Feller and Hal Newhouser. (John Hickey).
11 Years since a Mariiners rookie pitcher had a quality start in his debut Major League game before Michael Pineda achieved the feat against the Texas Rangers. Last to do it before Pineda: Joel Pineiro in 2000 (Steve Rudman).
3 Difference between the average number of made three-pointers per game for the 2010-11 Huskies (9) and turnovers per game (12). (Todd Dybas)
194 Total number of key statistics for the Sounders: it leads the league in shots (64), shots on goal (36), fouls committed (54), offside (15) and corner kicks (25).(Stanley Holmes)
.217 Batting average for the Mariners with runners in scoring position during the first five games of the season. (John Hickey).
583 Difference in points scored during the 2010-11 season between Washingtons leader, Isaiah Thomas (587), and Washingtons lowest scorer, Brendan Sherrer (4) (Todd Dybas).
53 Percentage of minutes played on last seasons Huskies mens hoops team that will be lost with the departure of Isaiah Thomas, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday and Venoy Overton. Thomas (1,115) led the team in minutes played, Holiday (989) was second, Bryan-Amaning third (986). (Todd Dybas)
40 The average number of pounds each Washington defensive linemen improved their bench press by during the offseason. (Todd Dybas)
693 Number of multi-hit games produced by Ichiro since he entered the major leagues in 2001. Over the same span, New York’s Derek Jeter ranks No. 2 with 567 multi-hit games (Steve Rudman).
13 Hitting streak, dating to 2010, for Mariners’ first baseman Justin Smoak, who extended it with a single against Oakland on Sunday (Steve Rudman).
4 Number of infield hits for Ichiro in 2011, out of his five total. He finally got the ball in the outfield on Sunday, smacking a single to left (Steve Rudman).
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