1980 Houston Astros season

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1980 Houston Astros
1980 NL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 93–70 (.571)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) John McMullen
General manager(s) Tal Smith, Al Rosen
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Local television KRIV
Local radio KPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Dewayne Staats, Larry Dierker)
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The 1980 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in a tie for first place in the National League West with a record of 92-70 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The teams played a one-game playoff to determine the division champion, which the Astros won, marking the first time in franchise history that the team qualified for the postseason. They went on to face the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS, losing three games to two.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On July 4, pitcher Nolan Ryan recorded the 3,000th strikeout of his career by striking out César Gerónimo of the Cincinnati Reds.

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Houston Astros 93 70 -- .571
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 71 1 .564
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 3.5 .549
Atlanta Braves 81 80 11 .503
San Francisco Giants 75 86 17 .466
San Diego Padres 73 89 19.5 .451

Opening Day starters[edit]

Roster[edit]

1980 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 116 352 90 .256 3 48
1B Howe, ArtArt Howe 110 321 91 .283 10 46
2B Morgan, JoeJoe Morgan 141 461 112 .243 11 49
3B Cabell, EnosEnos Cabell 152 604 167 .276 2 55
SS Reynolds, CraigCraig Reynolds 137 381 86 .226 3 28
LF Cruz, JoséJosé Cruz 160 612 185 .302 11 91
CF Cedeño, CésarCésar Cedeño 137 499 154 .309 10 73
RF Puhl, TerryTerry Puhl 141 535 151 .282 13 55

Other batters[edit]

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
Landestoy, RafaelRafael Landestoy 149 393 97 .247 1 27
Walling, DennyDenny Walling 100 284 85 .299 3 29
Pujols, LuisLuis Pujols 78 221 44 .199 0 20
Leonard, JeffreyJeffrey Leonard 88 216 46 .213 3 20
Bergman, DaveDave Bergman 90 78 20 .256 0 3
Heep, DannyDanny Heep 33 87 24 .276 0 6
Woods, GaryGary Woods 19 53 20 .377 2 15
González, JulioJulio González 40 52 6 .115 0 1
Bochy, BruceBruce Bochy 22 22 4 .182 0 0
Loucks, ScottScott Loucks 8 3 1 .333 0 0
Fischlin, MikeMike Fischlin 1 1 0 .000 0 0
Knicely, AlanAlan Knicely 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Niekro, JoeJoe Niekro 37 256 20 12 3.55 127
Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan 35 233.2 11 10 3.35 200
Forsch, KenKen Forsch 32 222.1 12 13 3.20 84
Ruhle, VernVern Ruhle 28 159.1 12 4 2.37 55
Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard 17 113.2 10 4 1.90 119

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Andújar, JoaquínJoaquín Andújar 35 122 3 8 3.91 75
Pladson, GordieGordie Pladson 12 41.1 0 4 4.35 13

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Sambito, JoeJoe Sambito 64 90.1 8 4 17 2.19 75
Smith, DaveDave Smith 57 102.2 7 5 10 1.93 85
LaCorte, FrankFrank LaCorte 55 83 8 5 11 2.82 66
Niemann, RandyRandy Niemann 22 33 0 1 1 5.45 18
Roberge, BertBert Roberge 14 24.1 2 0 0 5.92 9
Sprowl, BobbyBobby Sprowl 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 3

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 7: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 X 3 8 1
W: Steve Carlton (1-0)   L: Ken Forsch (0-1)   S: Tug McGraw (1)
HR: HOU – None  PHIGreg Luzinski (1)
Pitchers: HOU – Forsch  PHI – Carlton, McGraw (8)
Attendance: 65,277

Game 2[edit]

October 8: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Houston 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 7 8 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 14 2
W: Frank LaCorte (1-0)   L: Ron Reed (0-1)   S: Joaquín Andújar (1)
HR: HOU – None  PHI – None
Pitchers: HOU – Ryan, Sambito (7), Smith (7), LaCorte (9), Andujar (10)  PHI – Ruthven, McGraw (8), Reed (9), Saucier (10)
Attendance: 65,476

Game 3[edit]

October 10: Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
W: Dave Smith (1-0)   L: Tug McGraw (0-1)   S: None
HR: PHI – None  HOU – None
Pitchers: PHI – Christenson, Noles (7), McGraw (8)  HOU – Niekro, Smith (11)
Attendance: 44,443

Game 4[edit]

October 11: Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 5 13 0
Houston 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 5 2
W: Warren Brusstar (1-0)   L: Joe Sambito (0-1)   S: Tug McGraw (2)
HR: PHI – None  HOU – None
Pitchers: PHI – Carlton, Noles (6), Saucier (7), Reed (7), Brusstar (8), McGraw (10)  HOU – Ruhle, Smith (8), Sambito (8)
Attendance: 44,952

Game 5[edit]

October 12: Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game 5 capped the series in fitting fashion, with seemingly endless surprises and excitement. The Astros jumped to an early lead in the first on a run-scoring double by José Cruz. Philadelphia bounced back to take the lead on a two-run single by Bob Boone in the second. The Astros saw Luis Pujols and Enos Cabell thrown out at the plate in the second and fifth, but finally broke through to tie the game 2-2 on an unearned run in the sixth, thanks to an error by Philadelphia's less than surehanded left fielder Greg Luzinski.

Houston took what seemed like a solid 5-2 lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Denny Walling, a wild pitch from Phillies reliever Larry Christenson, and a run-scoring triple by Art Howe. A three run deficit in the eighth inning against Nolan Ryan seemed insurmountable. But the Phillies would not die. They loaded the bases with nobody out on three straight singles, including two infield hits, and then got two runs on a walk to Pete Rose and a groundout by Keith Moreland. An RBI single by Del Unser tied the game 5-5, and then Manny Trillo put the Phillies ahead with a two-run triple.

The Astros promptly came back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, with Rafael Landestoy and José Cruz each singling in a run. Neither team scored in the ninth, but the Phillies got doubles from Unser and Garry Maddox in the tenth to take an 8-7 lead. Philadelphia's Dick Ruthven retired the Astros in order in the bottom of the tenth, and the Phillies had won their first pennant since 1950. They went on to defeat the Kansas City Royals four games to two in the World Series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 8 13 2
Houston 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 7 14 0
W: Dick Ruthven (1-0)   L: Frank LaCorte (1-1)   S: None
HR: PHI – None  HOU – None
Pitchers: PHI – Bystrom, Brusstar (6), Christenson (7), Reed (7), McGraw (8), Ruthven (9)  HOU – Ryan, Sambito (8), Forsch (8), LaCorte (9)
Attendance: 44,802

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Jimmy Johnson
AA Columbus Astros Southern League Matt Galante
A Daytona Beach Astros Florida State League Carlos Alfonso
Rookie GCL Astros Blue Gulf Coast League Eric Swanson
Rookie GCL Astros Orange Gulf Coast League Fernando Tatís

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
1979
NL West Championship Season
1980
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1981