1978 San Francisco Giants season

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1978 San Francisco Giants
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bob Lurie
General manager(s) Spec Richardson
Manager(s) Joe Altobelli
Local television KTVU
(Lon Simmons, Gary Park)
Local radio KSFO
(Lon Simmons, Joe Angel)
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The 1978 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 96th season in Major League Baseball, their 21st season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 19th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with an 89-73 record, 6 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Giants won 42 games by a one run margin, an MLB record.[5]

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


Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 San Francisco Giants
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
1B Willie McCovey 108 351 80 .228 12 64
2B Bill Madlock 122 447 138 .309 15 44
3B Darrell Evans 159 547 133 .243 20 78
CF Larry Herndon 151 471 122 .259 1 72
RF Jack Clark 156 592 181 .306 25 98

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
Héctor Cruz 79 197 44 .223 6 24
Jim Dwyer 73 173 39 .225 5 22
Rob Andrews 79 177 39 .220 1 11
Mike Sadek 40 109 26 .239 2 9
Vic Harris 53 100 15 .150 1 11
John Tamargo 36 92 22 .239 1 8
Skip James 41 21 2 .095 0 3
Art Gardner 7 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
Bob Knepper 36 260 17 11 2.63 147
Vida Blue 35 258 18 10 2.79 171
Ed Halicki 29 199 9 10 2.85 105
Jim Barr 32 163 8 11 3.53 44

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
Philip Nastu 3 8 0 1 5.63 5

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
John Curtis 46 4 3 1 3.71 38
Charlie Williams 25 1 3 0 5.44 22
Ed Plank 5 0 0 0 4.05 1
Terry Cornutt 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League Rocky Bridges
AA Waterbury Giants Eastern League Andy Gilbert
A Fresno Giants California League John VanOrnum
A Cedar Rapids Giants Midwest League Jack Mull
Rookie Great Falls Giants Pioneer League Ernie Rodriguez

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Frank Riccelli at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Vida Blue at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Alan Hargesheimer at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Randy Elliott at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ "Team Pitching Game Finder, From 1913 to 2017, (requiring run_diff=1)". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1978&t=SFN
  7. ^ John Rabb at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ John Tamargo at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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