2004 Houston Astros season

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2004 Houston Astros
Hosted the All-Star Game
National League Wild Card Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 92–70 (.564)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Drayton McLane, Jr.
Manager(s) Jimy Williams and Phil Garner
Local television KNWS-TV
FSN Southwest
(Bill Brown, Larry Dierker, Jim Deshaies, Greg Lucas, Bill Worrell)
Local radio KTRH
(Milo Hamilton, Alan Ashby)
KLAT
(Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Alex Trevino)
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The Houston Astros' 2004 season was a season in which the Astros endured various changes. The biggest change was at the managerial level. Despite a 44-44 record, Jimy Williams was replaced by Phil Garner. Roger Clemens would win the NL Cy Young Award and become the fourth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.[1] Clemens would also become the first pitcher to win seven Cy Young Awards.[2]

Offseason[edit]

  • November 3, 2003: Billy Wagner was traded by the Houston Astros to the Philadelphia Phillies for Brandon Duckworth, Taylor Buchholz, and Ezequiel Astacio.[3]
  • December 16, 2003: Andy Pettite was Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.[4]
  • January 19, 2004: Roger Clemens signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.[5]
  • March 25, 2004: Mike Lamb was traded by the New York Yankees to the Houston Astros for Juan DeLeon (minors).[6]

Regular season[edit]

Season Standings[edit]

Central Division W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 -- .644
Houston Astros 92 70 13 .564
Chicago Cubs 89 73 16 .536
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 29 .466
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 32½ .419
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 37½ .411

Transactions[edit]

  • April 17, 2004: Kirk Saarloos was traded by the Houston Astros to the Oakland Athletics for Chad Harville.[7]
  • June 7, 2004: Hunter Pence was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed July 14, 2004.[8]
  • June 7, 2004: J.R. Towles was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 20th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.[9]
  • June 17, 2004: Dave Weathers was traded by the New York Mets with Jeremy Griffiths to the Houston Astros for Richard Hidalgo.[10]
  • June 24, 2004: Carlos Beltrán was traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Houston Astros in a three-team deal, which also sent relief pitcher Octavio Dotel from the Astros to the Oakland Athletics, while the Royals picked up Oakland minor leaguers (pitcher Mike Wood and third-baseman Mark Teahen) and Astros catcher John Buck.[10]
  • September 7, 2004: Dave Weathers was released by the Houston Astros.[10]

Roster[edit]

2004 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

All-Star Game[edit]

The 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 75th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL). The game was held on July 13, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The last All-Star Game held in Houston was in 1986. Three members of the Astros were in the starting lineup; Roger Clemens (who played in the 1986 All-Star Game) was the starting pitcher, Jeff Kent was at second base, and Lance Berkman was one of the three outfielders starting in the game. Carlos Beltran was added to the team as a reserve. The game had an attendance of 41,886 and boxing legend Muhammad Ali threw the ceremonial first pitch of the game. The final result was the American League defeating the National League 9-4, thus awarding an AL team (which would eventually be the Boston Red Sox) home-field advantage in the 2004 World Series.

National League Divisional Playoffs[edit]

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Houston wins series, 3-2

Game Score Date
1 Houston 9, Atlanta 3 October 6
2 Atlanta 4, Houston 2 (11 innings) October 7
3 Houston 8, Atlanta 5 October 9
4 Atlanta 6, Houston 5 October 10
5 Houston 12, Atlanta 3 October 11

National League Championship Series[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Game Score Date
1 St. Louis 10, Houston 7 October 13, 2004
2 St. Louis 6, Houston 4 October 14, 2004
3 Houston 5, St. Louis 2 October 16, 2004
4 Houston 6, St. Louis 5 October 17, 2004
5 Houston 3, St. Louis 0 October 18, 2004
6 St. Louis 6, Houston 4 October 20, 2004
7 St. Louis 5, Houston 2 October 21, 2004

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Roger Clemens, National League Cy Young Award
  • Brad Lidge, National League Record, Most Strikeouts in One Season by a Relieft Pitcher (157)[11]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League Chris Maloney
AA Round Rock Express Texas League Jackie Moore
A Salem Avalanche Carolina League Russ Nixon
A Lexington Legends South Atlantic League Iván DeJesús
Short-Season A Tri-City Valley Cats New York-Penn League Gregg Langbehn
Rookie Greeneville Astros Appalachian League Jorge Orta and Tim Bogar

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Greeneville

References[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.236, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.234, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/wagnebi02.shtml
  4. ^ Andy Pettitte Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ Roger Clemens Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/l/lambmi01.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/saarlki01.shtml
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/pencehu01.shtml
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/towlejr01.shtml
  10. ^ a b c http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/weathda01.shtml
  11. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.288, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

External links[edit]

1st Half: Houston Astros Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Houston Astros Game Log on ESPN.com
Preceded by
Florida Marlins
2003
NL Wild Card
2004
Succeeded by
Houston Astros
2005