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Ichiro’s amazing string of 1-fors continues

Aug 5, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

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Ichiro Suzuki played in his 12th game for the Yankees in a 6-2 win over the Mariners on Sunday. Just like in the first 11, he had exactly one hit, no walks and no strikeouts.

That makes for a few oddities:

– His hitting streak with exactly one hit in each game is the longest since the Dodgers’ Willy Aybar had a 13-game streak in 2006. The Cardinals’ Ted Sizemore has the longest such streak since 1970, going 16 straight games in 1975.

– Dating back to his last game with the Mariners, Ichiro has now gone 13 games without a strikeout, the third longest stretch of his career. He went 15 games without a strikeout in both 2004 and 2008.

– The walkless streak doesn’t rate so high on the list. At 13 games without a walk, he’s merely tied for the 10th longest streak of his career. He went 25 games without a walk early on in his rookie season of 2001 (hitting .375 during the span). Also, he had streaks of 19 and 17 games without walks earlier this season.

– However, to go without a strikeout or a walk for 13 games is a new milestone for him. His previous long there were nine-game streaks in 2001 (during his career-high walkless streak) and 2008 (during his career-high K-less streak).

– At 12 games, he’s now tied with Don Slaught (1988) for the longest hitting streak to begin a career for the Yankees.

– Ichiro hit .261 in 402 at-bats for the Mariners this season. After 46 at-bats for the Yankees, he’s likewise at .261.

  1. Matthew Pouliot - Aug 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    I’d like to thank Michael Saunders, for losing Ichiro’s double in the sun, for making this blog entry possible.

    • stex52 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Sorry, Matt, but not the most interesting set of statistics you have put together. In the world of baseball stats, I rate this article as somewhere around Guiness Book of Records “Largest Ball of String in Iowa” quality.

      And no slight intended to Iowa. I just needed to make an example.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I would like to thank Usain Bolt for making this afternoon incredible.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Bolt is the first man ever to not only defend his Oly 100 meters crown, but also break the Oly record both times.

  3. pisano - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Good for Ichiro, but the Yankees got him five to six years too late, he was really special in his prime, but still a good outfielder.

  4. bigharold - Aug 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    At this rate he could well break DiMaggio’s 56 game streak and hit about .250 with an OBP of .275.

    Nah, .. that couldn’t happen.

  5. yahmule - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    It’s not easy to be in a hitting streak and a slump simultaneously.

  6. ireportyoudecide - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Take away the name and just look at his production the last 2 years. Terrible OBP%, SLG%, and an average outfielder. He shouldn’t be starting for anybody, let alone the Yankees.

    • ireportyoudecide - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Out of 146 qualified hitters he ranks 137 in OPS, out of all MLB hitters and pitchers he is ranked #328 in offensive war with .1 for the season. Why is he starting again?

    • samu0034 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      I’m far from a master of defensive metrics, but from ’09-’12, it’s pretty hard to argue that Ichiro is anything but a still outstanding outfielder. Maybe he’s not what he used to be, but (according to FanGraphs) he’s top 10 in UZR, UZR/150, TZL, and RZR. Defensive Runs Saved is really the only advanced metric that would describe Ichiro as even average over that time. Point being, I think he’s still pretty stellar in the field.

      • samu0034 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        I looked from ’10-’12. Not ’09-’12.

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