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1979 Houston Astros season

The 1979 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the National League West, 1½ games behind the first-place Cincinnati Reds. The 1979 Astros were the last National League franchise in the 20th century to hit more triples than home runs. The club had 52 triples compared to 49 home runs.[1]

1979 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record89–73 (.549)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)John McMullen
General manager(s)Tal Smith
Manager(s)Bill Virdon
Local televisionKRIV
Local radioKPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Dewayne Staats, Larry Dierker)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 90 71 0.559 48–32 42–39
Houston Astros 89 73 0.549 52–29 37–44
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 0.488 11½ 46–35 33–48
San Francisco Giants 71 91 0.438 19½ 38–43 33–48
San Diego Padres 68 93 0.422 22 39–42 29–51
Atlanta Braves 66 94 0.412 23½ 34–45 32–49

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1979 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 4–8 6–12 7–11 12–6 1–9 4–8 7–5 4–8 6–12 11–7 4–8
Chicago 8–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 6–12 8–10 9–9 6–12 9–3 8–4 8–10
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 8–10 11–7 6–6 8–4 8–4 8–4 10–7 6–12 8–4
Houston 11–7 6–6 10–8 10–8 7–5 9–3 5–7 4–8 14–4 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 6–12 7–5 7–11 8–10 6–6 9–3 3–9 4–8 9–9 14–4 6–6
Montreal 9–1 12–6 6–6 5–7 6–6 15–3 11–7 7–11 7–5 7–5 10–8
New York 8–4 10–8 4–8 3–9 3–9 3–15 5–13 8–10–1 4–8 8–4 7–11
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 4–8 7–5 9–3 7–11 13–5 8–10 9–3 6–6 7–11–1
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 4–8 8–4 8–4 11–7 10–8–1 10–8 7–5 9–3 11–7
San Diego 12–6 3–9 7–10 4–14 9–9 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 7–11 4–8 12–6 11–7 4–14 5–7 4–8 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 8–10 11–7 11–7–1 7–11 8–4 7–5


Notable transactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

RosterEdit

1979 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

1979 Game Log: 89–73 (Home: 52–29; Away: 37–44)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Astros team member'

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
C Alan Ashby 108 336 68 .202 2 35
1B César Cedeño 132 470 123 .262 6 54
SS Craig Reynolds 146 555 147 .265 0 39
LF José Cruz 157 558 161 .289 9 72
CF Terry Puhl 157 600 172 .287 8 49

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
Julio González 68 181 45 .249 0 10
Bob Watson 49 163 39 .239 3 18
Denny Walling 82 147 48 .327 3 31
Jesús Alou 42 43 11 .256 0 10
Danny Heep 14 14 2 .143 0 2
Alan Knicely 7 6 0 .000 0 0
Tom Wiedenbauer 4 6 4 .667 0 2

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
J. R. Richard 38 292.1 18 13 2.71 313
Ken Forsch 26 177.2 11 6 3.04 58

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
Joaquín Andújar 46 194 12 12 3.43 77
Frank LaCorte 12 27 1 2 5.00 24
Frank Riccelli 11 22 2 2 4.09 20

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Bert Roberge 26 32 3 0 4 1.69 13
Tom Dixon 19 25.2 1 2 0 6.66 9
George Throop 14 22.1 1 0 0 3.22 15
Bo McLaughlin 12 16.1 1 2 0 5.51 12
Pete Ladd 10 12.1 1 1 0 2.92 6
Gary Wilson 6 7.1 0 0 0 12.27 6
Bobby Sprowl 3 4 0 0 0 0.00 3

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 96, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Floyd Bannister at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Keith Drumright at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bob Watson at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ "John Mizerock: Career Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Bill Doran at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Mark Ross at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Lemmie Miller at Baseball Reference

External linksEdit