1968 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record72–90 (.444)
League place10th
Other information
Owner(s)Roy Hofheinz
General manager(s)Spec Richardson
Manager(s)Grady Hatton, Harry Walker
Local televisionKTRK-TV
Local radioKPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Loel Passe, Harry Kalas)
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The 1968 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Astros finishing in tenth place in the National League, with a record of 72–90, 25 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Astros also hosted the 1968 MLB All-Star Game at the Astrodome, with the NL defeating the AL, 1–0.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 0.599 47–34 50–31
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 9 42–39 46–35
Chicago Cubs 84 78 0.519 13 47–34 37–44
Cincinnati Reds 83 79 0.512 14 40–41 43–38
Atlanta Braves 81 81 0.500 16 41–40 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 0.494 17 40–41 40–41
Los Angeles Dodgers 76 86 0.469 21 41–40 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 76 86 0.469 21 38–43 38–43
New York Mets 73 89 0.451 24 32–49 41–40
Houston Astros 72 90 0.444 25 42–39 30–51

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Atlanta 8–10 10–8 11–7 9–9 12–6–1 11–7 6–12 9–9 5–13
Chicago 10–8 7–11 10–8 12–6 8–10 9–9 10–8 9–9–1 9–9
Cincinnati 8–10 11–7 9–9 9–9 10–8 11–7 10–8–1 8–10 7–11
Houston 7–11 8–10 9–9 11–7 10–8 9–9 5–13 8–10 5–13
Los Angeles 9–9 6–12 9–9 7–11 7–11 10–8 10–8 9–9 9–9
New York 6–12–1 10–8 8–10 8–10 11–7 8–10 9–9 7–11 6–12
Philadelphia 7–11 9–9 7–11 9–9 8–10 10–8 9–9 9–9 8–10
Pittsburgh 12–6 8–10 8–10–1 13–5 8–10 9–9 9–9 7–11 6–12
San Francisco 9–9 9–9–1 10–8 10–8 9–9 11–7 9–9 11–7 10–8
St. Louis 13–5 9–9 11–7 13–5 9–9 12–6 10–8 12–6 8–10


Notable transactions

Roster

1968 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 John Bateman 111 350 87 .249 4 33
1B Rusty Staub 161 591 172 .291 6 72
2B Denis Menke 150 542 135 .249 6 56
SS Héctor Torres 128 466 104 .223 1 24
3B Doug Rader 98 333 89 .267 6 43
LF Bob Watson 45 140 32 .229 2 8
CF Jimmy Wynn 156 542 146 .269 26 67
RF Norm Miller 79 257 61 .237 6 28

Other batters

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
Bob Aspromonte 124 409 92 .225 1 46
Ron Davis 52 217 46 .212 1 12
Lee Thomas 90 201 39 .194 1 11
Dick Simpson 59 177 33 .186 3 11
Julio Gotay 75 165 41 .248 1 11
Dave Adlesh 40 104 19 .183 0 4
José Herrera 27 100 24 .240 0 7
Ron Brand 43 81 13 .160 0 4
Ivan Murrell 32 59 6 .102 0 3
Hal King 27 55 8 .145 0 2
Nate Colbert 20 53 8 .151 0 4
Leon McFadden 16 47 13 .277 0 1
Joe Morgan 10 20 5 .250 0 0
Byron Browne 10 13 3 .231 0 1
John Mayberry 4 9 0 .000 0 0
Danny Walton 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Giusti 37 251.0 11 14 3.19 186
Larry Dierker 32 233.2 12 15 3.31 161
Denny Lemaster 33 224.0 10 15 2.81 146
Don Wilson 33 208.2 13 16 3.28 175
Mike Cuellar 28 170.2 8 11 2.74 133

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

N/A

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Dukes 43 2 2 4 4.27 37
Jim Ray 41 2 3 1 2.67 71
Danny Coombs 40 4 3 2 3.28 29
John Buzhardt 39 4 4 5 3.12 37
Steve Shea 30 4 4 6 3.38 15
Wade Blasingame 22 1 2 1 4.75 22
Pat House 18 1 1 0 7.71 6
Fred Gladding 7 0 0 2 14.54 2
Hal Gilson 2 0 0 0 7.36 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers Pacific Coast League Cot Deal
AA Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League Hub Kittle
A Greensboro Patriots Carolina League Brandy Davis
A Cocoa Astros Florida State League Tony Pacheco and Leo Posada
Rookie Covington Astros Appalachian League Tony Pacheco

References

  1. ^ Bob Lillis at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ César Cedeño at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Doc Edwards at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Byron Browne at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Larry Yount at Baseball Reference