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1971 Houston Astros season

The 1971 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished tied for fourth in the National League West with a record of 79–83, 11 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

1971 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–83 (.488)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Roy Hofheinz
General manager(s)Spec Richardson
Manager(s)Harry Walker
Local televisionKTRK-TV
Local radioKPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Loel Passe)
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The Astros played 75 games that were decided by a one run margin, which is an all-time MLB record. In those games, the team had a record of 32–43.[1]

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • September 5, 1971: In a game against the Giants, J. R. Richard struck out 15 batters in his very first game, tying a Major League record first established by Karl Spooner.[3]

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 51–30 39–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 73 0.549 1 42–39 47–34
Atlanta Braves 82 80 0.506 8 43–39 39–41
Cincinnati Reds 79 83 0.488 11 46–35 33–48
Houston Astros 79 83 0.488 11 39–42 40–41
San Diego Padres 61 100 0.379 28½ 33–48 28–52

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1971 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 9–9 9–9 9–9 7–5 7–5 8–4 4–8 11–7 7–11 6–6
Chicago 7–5 6–6 5–7 8–4 8–10 11–7 11–7 6–12 9–3 3–9 9–9
Cincinnati 9–9 6–6 5–13 7–11 7–5 8–4 5–7 5–7 10–8 9–9 8–4
Houston 9–9 7–5 13–5 8–10 4–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 10–8 9–9 2–10
Los Angeles 9–9 4–8 11–7 10–8 8–4 5–7 7–5 4–8 13–5 12–6 6–6
Montreal 5–7 10–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 9–9 6–12 7–11 6–5 7–5 4–14
New York 5–7 7–11 4–8 7–5 7–5 9–9 13–5 10–8 7–5 4–8 10–8
Philadelphia 4-8 7–11 2–10 3–9 5–7 6–10 5–13 6–12 4–8 6–6 7–11
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 7–5 8–4 8–4 11–7 8–10 12–6 9–3 3–9 11–7
San Diego 7–11 3–9 8–10 8–10 5–13 5–6 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–13 4–8
San Francisco 11–7 9–3 9–9 9–9 6–12 5–7 8–4 6–6 9–3 13–5 5–7
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 10–2 6–6 14–4 8–10 11–7 7–11 8–4 7–5


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1971 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CF César Cedeño 161 611 161 .264 10 81

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jesús Alou 122 433 121 .279 2 40
César Gerónimo 94 82 18 .220 1 6
Marty Martínez 32 62 16 .258 0 4

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Billingham 33 228.1 10 16 3.39 139
Wade Blasingame 30 158.1 9 11 4.60 93
Ron Cook 5 25.2 0 4 4.91 10

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tom Griffin 10 37.2 0 6 4.78 29

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Skip Guinn 4 0 0 1 0.00 3
Larry Yount 1 0 0 0 ---- 0

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Batting Game Finder: From 1908 to 2017, (requiring run_diff<=1 and run_diff>=-1), sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2018. Note that tie games are not explicitly shown in the table; the number of ties, if any, can be deduced from any discrepancy between #Matching and (Wins + Losses). The 1971 Astros did not have any tied games in any case.
  2. ^ Doug Konieczny at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Seidel, Jeff (June 9, 2010). "K street: Strasburg racks up the strikeouts". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  4. ^ Paul Siebert at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Rich Troedson at Baseball Reference

External linksEdit