1981 Houston Astros season

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1981 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 61–49 (.555)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) John McMullen
General manager(s) Al Rosen
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Local television KRIV
Local radio KENR
(Gene Elston, Dewayne Staats, Larry Dierker)
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The Houston Astros' 1981 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 4, 1980: Don Sutton was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[1]
  • December 8, 1980: Chris Bourjos was traded by the San Francisco Giants with Bob Knepper to the Houston Astros for Enos Cabell.[2]
  • March 27, 1981: Julio González was released by the Astros.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West
First Half Standings
W L Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 36 21 .632
Cincinnati Reds 35 21 .625
Houston Astros 28 29 .491
Atlanta Braves 25 29 .463
San Francisco Giants 27 32 .458
San Diego Padres 23 33 .411
NL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Houston Astros 33 20 .623
Cincinnati Reds 31 21 .596
San Francisco Giants 29 23 .558
Los Angeles Dodgers 27 26 .509
Atlanta Braves 25 27 .481
San Diego Padres 18 36 .333

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 1, 1981: Chris Bourjos was traded by the Houston Astros with cash to the Baltimore Orioles for Kiko Garcia.[2]
  • April 3, 1981: Gary Rajsich was traded by the Astros to the New York Mets for John Csefalvay (minors).[4]
  • April 17, 1981: David Clyde was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[5]
  • June 7, 1981: Joaquín Andújar was traded by the Astros to the St. Louis Cardinals for Tony Scott.[6]
  • June 8, 1981: Eric Bullock was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 1981 amateur draft (Secondary Phase).[7]

Nolan Ryan's 5th No-Hitter[edit]

On September 26, 1981, Nolan Ryan no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, on national television. The 34-year-old right-hander became the first pitcher to throw five career no-hitters.[8] It had been six years since Ryan's last no-hitter, the last of four he pitched for the California Angels.

Roster[edit]

1981 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
CF Tony Scott 55 225 66 .293 2 22

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Denny Walling 65 158 37 .234 5 23
Scott Loucks 10 7 4 .571 0 0
Alan Knicely 3 7 4 .571 2 2

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Don Sutton 23 158.2 11 9 2.61 104
Nolan Ryan 21 149 11 5 1.69 140

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Joaquín Andújar 9 23.2 2 3 4.94 18

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO

1981 National League Division Series[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros

Los Angeles wins series, 3-2.

Game Score Date
1 Houston 3, Los Angeles 1 October 6
2 Houston 1, Los Angeles 0 (11 innings) October 7
3 Los Angeles 6, Houston 1 October 9
4 Los Angeles 2, Houston 1 October 10
5 Los Angeles 4, Houston 0 October 11

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 Lyle Olsen

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Daytona Beach

References[edit]

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