1981 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1981 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 59–43 (.578)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KSDK
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Dan Kelly)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Dan Kelly)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 1981 season was the team's 100th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 90th season in the National League. 1981 was a season of two significant anomalies: A change in the playoff format, which created the first-ever Divisional Series with a qualification variant that existed only for that season, and the players' strike, which truncated the regular season. Despite finishing 59-43, good for the best overall record in the National League East, the strike set up the scenario where the Cardinals actually missed the playoffs. The regular season was split into halves to tally teams' records separately in each half of the season, and because the Cardinals finished in second place in each half, they did not qualify for the 1981 playoffs. Major League Baseball reverted to the previous playoff format the following season, and the Cardinals qualified for that postseason.

First baseman Keith Hernandez won a Gold Glove this year.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East
First Half standings
Wins Losses Win % GB
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600 1.5
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545 4.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521 5.5
New York Mets 17 34 .333 15.0
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288 17.5
NL East
Second Half standings
Wins Losses Win % GB
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558 0.5
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481 4.5
New York Mets 24 28 .462 5.5
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451 6.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389 9.5



Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 St. Louis Cardinals roster
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

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
Lezcano, SixtoSixto Lezcano 72 214 57 .266 5 28
Tenace, GeneGene Tenace 58 129 30 .233 5 22
Braun, SteveSteve Braun 44 46 9 .196 0 2
Green, DavidDavid Green 21 34 5 .147 0 2
González, JulioJulio González 20 22 7 .318 1 3
Fiala, NeilNeil Fiala 3 3 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
Sorensen, LaryLary Sorensen 23 140.1 7 7 3.27 52
Forsch, BobBob Forsch 20 124.1 10 5 3.18 41
Martínez, SilvioSilvio Martínez 18 97 2 5 3.99 34
Andújar, JoaquínJoaquín Andújar 11 55.1 6 1 3.74 19

Other 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
Shirley, BobBob Shirley 28 79.1 6 4 4.08 36
LaPoint, DaveDave LaPoint 3 10.2 1 0 4.22 4

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sutter, BruceBruce Sutter 48 3 5 25 2.62 57
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 41 6 6 4 3.40 8
Sykes, BobBob Sykes 22 2 0 0 4.58 14
Edelen, JoeJoe Edelen 13 1 0 0 9.35 10
Bair, DougDoug Bair 11 2 0 1 3.45 14
DeLeón, LuisLuis DeLeón 10 0 1 0 2.35 8

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Springfield Redbirds American Association Tommy Thompson
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Gaylen Pitts
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Nick Leyva
A Gastonia Cardinals South Atlantic League Joe Rigoli
Short-Season A Erie Cardinals New York-Penn League Sonny Ruberto
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Johnny Lewis

References[edit]

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