Ichiro Suzuki has started his Yankee career with exactly one hit in each of ten games played. That got us thinking of what the record would be for longest such streak, regardless of whether or not it was a “career start”. The mark appears to be 16 by Ted Sizemore in 1975, if you base the streak on having at least one at-bat or sacrifice fly in each game:
- Ichiro’s run is the longest since Willy Aybar‘s streak of 13 games in 2006.
- The streaks of Juan Pierre (11 games, in 2000) and Rafael Palmeiro (11 games, in 1988) are the only ones to not include an extra-base hit.
- Pierre’s .224 batting average is the lowest for a streak of 11 or more games.
- Ed Stroud’s .550 average was fueled by five games in which he got a hit in his only at-bat.
[Addendum: Ichiro’s streak is at 12 after collecting one hit in each game over the weekend.]