1978 Houston Astros season

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1978 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 74–88 (.457)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) General Electric, Ford Motor Company
General manager(s) Tal Smith
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Local television KPRC-TV
Local radio KPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Dewayne Staats)
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The 1978 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the National League West with a record of 74-88, 21 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 0.586 54–27 41–40
Cincinnati Reds 92 69 0.571 49–31 43–38
San Francisco Giants 89 73 0.549 6 50–31 39–42
San Diego Padres 84 78 0.519 11 50–31 34–47
Houston Astros 74 88 0.457 21 50–31 24–57
Atlanta Braves 69 93 0.426 26 39–42 30–51


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1978 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 5–7 6–12 8–10 5–13 5–7 6–6 8–4 2–10 8–10 11–7 5–7
Chicago 7–5 7–5 6–6 4–8 7–11 11–7 4–14 7–11 7–5 4–8 15–3
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 11–7 9–9 8–4 7–5 7–5 4–7 9–9 12–6 8–4
Houston 10–8 6–6 7–11 7–11 6–6 7–5 6–6 4–8 8–10 6–12 7–5
Los Angeles 13–5 8–4 9–9 11–7 8–4 7–5 7–5 7–5 9–9 11–7 5–7
Montreal 7–5 11–7 4–8 6–6 4–8 8–10 9–9 7–11 6–6 5–7 9–9
New York 6–6 7–11 5–7 5–7 5–7 10–8 6–12 7–11 5–7 3–9 7–11
Philadelphia 4-8 14–4 5–7 6–6 5–7 9–9 12–6 11–7 8–4 6–6 10–8
Pittsburgh 10–2 11–7 7–4 8–4 5–7 11–7 11–7 7–11 5–7 4–8 9–9
San Diego 10–8 5–7 9–9 10–8 9–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 7–5 8–10 9–3
San Francisco 7–11 8–4 6–12 12–6 7–11 7–5 9–3 6–6 8–4 10–8 9–3
St. Louis 7–5 3–15 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–9 11–7 8–10 9–9 3–9 3–9


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 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
C Ferguson, JoeJoe Ferguson 51 150 31 .207 7 22
1B Watson, BobBob Watson 139 461 133 .289 14 79
LF Walling, DennyDenny Walling 120 247 62 .251 3 36
RF Cruz, JoséJosé Cruz 153 565 178 .315 10 83

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
González, JulioJulio González 78 223 52 .233 1 16
Cedeño, CésarCésar Cedeño 50 192 54 .281 7 23
Howard, WilburWilbur Howard 84 148 34 .230 1 13
Alou, JesúsJesús Alou 77 139 45 .312 2 19
Drumright, KeithKeith Drumright 17 55 9 .164 0 2
Obradovich, JimJim Obradovich 10 17 3 .176 0 2
Cannon, JoeJoe Cannon 8 18 4 .222 0 1

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
Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard 36 275 18 11 3.11 303
Lemongello, MarkMark Lemongello 33 210.1 9 14 3.94 77

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
Dixon, TomTom Dixon 30 140 7 11 3.99 66
Andújar, JoaquínJoaquín Andújar 35 110.2 5 7 3.42 55
Bannister, FloydFloyd Bannister 28 110.1 3 9 4.81 94
Warthen, DanDan Warthen 5 10.2 0 1 4.22 2

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
Forsch, KenKen Forsch 52 10 6 7 2.70 71
Williams, RickRick Williams 17 1 2 0 4.67 17
McLaughlin, BoBo McLaughlin 12 0 1 2 5.01 10
Pentz, GeneGene Pentz 10 0 0 0 6.00 8
Zamora, OscarOscar Zamora 10 0 0 0 7.20 6
Riccelli, FrankFrank Riccelli 2 0 0 0 0.00 2

Farm system[edit]

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 Leo Posada and Chuck Sprinkle
Rookie GCL Astros Gulf Coast League Julio Linares

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith Drumright at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Oscar Zamora at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Jesús Alou at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bob Coluccio at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Danny Heep at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Frank Riccelli at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dan Larson at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Gene Pentz at Baseball Reference

External links[edit]