1979 Houston Astros season

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1979 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 89–73 (.549)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) John McMullen
General manager(s) Tal Smith
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Local television KRIV
Local radio KPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Dewayne Staats, Larry Dierker)
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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]

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

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. opponents

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 transactions

Draft picks

Roster

1979 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby 108 336 68 .202 2 35
1B Cedeño, CésarCésar Cedeño 132 470 123 .262 6 54
SS Reynolds, CraigCraig Reynolds 146 555 147 .265 0 39
LF Cruz, JoséJosé Cruz 157 558 161 .289 9 72
CF Puhl, TerryTerry Puhl 157 600 172 .287 8 49

Other batters

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
González, JulioJulio González 68 181 45 .249 0 10
Watson, BobBob Watson 49 163 39 .239 3 18
Walling, DennyDenny Walling 82 147 48 .327 3 31
Alou, JesúsJesús Alou 42 43 11 .256 0 10
Heep, DannyDanny Heep 14 14 2 .143 0 2
Knicely, AlanAlan Knicely 7 6 0 .000 0 0
Wiedenbauer, TomTom Wiedenbauer 4 6 4 .667 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard 38 292.1 18 13 2.71 313
Forsch, KenKen Forsch 26 177.2 11 6 3.04 58

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Andújar, JoaquínJoaquín Andújar 46 194 12 12 3.43 77
LaCorte, FrankFrank LaCorte 12 27 1 2 5.00 24
Riccelli, FrankFrank Riccelli 11 22 2 2 4.09 20

Relief pitchers

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Roberge, BertBert Roberge 26 32 3 0 4 1.69 13
Dixon, TomTom Dixon 19 25.2 1 2 0 6.66 9
Throop, GeorgeGeorge Throop 14 22.1 1 0 0 3.22 15
McLaughlin, BoBo McLaughlin 12 16.1 1 2 0 5.51 12
Ladd, PetePete Ladd 10 12.1 1 1 0 2.92 6
Wilson, GaryGary Wilson 6 7.1 0 0 0 12.27 6
Sprowl, BobbyBobby Sprowl 3 4 0 0 0 0.00 3

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Jim Beauchamp
AA Columbus Astros Southern League Jimmy Johnson
A Daytona Beach Astros Florida State League Carlos Alfonso
Rookie GCL Astros Gulf Coast League Julio Linares

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Astros

References

External links