1971 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–83 (.488)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Roy Hofheinz
General manager(s)Spec Richardson
Manager(s)Harry Walker
Local televisionKTRK-TV
Local radioKPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Loel Passe)
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The 1971 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished tied for fourth in the National League West with a record of 79–83, 11 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

The Astros played 75 games that were decided by a one run margin, which is an all-time MLB record. In those games, the team had a record of 32–43.[1]

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 51–30 39–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 73 0.549 1 42–39 47–34
Atlanta Braves 82 80 0.506 8 43–39 39–41
Cincinnati Reds 79 83 0.488 11 46–35 33–48
Houston Astros 79 83 0.488 11 39–42 40–41
San Diego Padres 61 100 0.379 28½ 33–48 28–52

Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Roster

1971 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Johnny Edwards 106 317 74 .233 1 23
1B Denis Menke 146 475 117 .246 1 43
2B Joe Morgan 160 583 149 .256 13 56
SS Roger Metzger 150 562 132 .235 0 26
3B Doug Rader 135 484 118 .244 12 56
LF Bob Watson 129 468 135 .288 9 67
CF César Cedeño 161 611 161 .264 10 81
RF Jimmy Wynn 123 404 82 .203 7 45

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
Jesús Alou 122 433 121 .279 2 40
Jack Hiatt 69 174 48 .276 1 16
John Mayberry 46 137 25 .182 7 14
Rich Chiles 67 119 27 .227 2 15
César Gerónimo 94 82 18 .220 1 6
Norm Miller 45 74 19 .257 2 10
Larry Howard 24 64 15 .234 2 14
Marty Martínez 32 62 16 .258 0 4
Ray Busse 10 34 5 .147 0 4
Derrel Thomas 5 5 0 .000 0 0
Jay Schlueter 7 3 1 .333 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
Don Wilson 35 268.0 16 10 2.45 180
Jack Billingham 33 228.1 10 16 3.39 139
Ken Forsch 33 188.1 8 8 2.53 131
Larry Dierker 24 159.0 12 6 2.72 91
Wade Blasingame 30 158.1 9 11 4.60 93
Ron Cook 5 25.2 0 4 4.91 10
J.R. Richard 4 21.0 2 1 3.43 29

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
Tom Griffin 10 37.2 0 6 4.78 29
Scipio Spinks 5 29.1 1 0 3.68 26
Bill Greif 7 16.0 1 1 5.06 14

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
George Culver 59 5 8 7 2.64 57
Fred Gladding 48 4 5 12 2.10 17
Jim Ray 47 10 4 3 2.12 46
Denny Lemaster 42 0 2 2 3.45 28
Buddy Harris 20 1 1 0 6.46 21
Skip Guinn 4 0 0 1 0.00 3
Larry Yount 1 0 0 0 ---- 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Jimmy Williams
AA Columbus Astros Southern League Clifford Davis
A Cocoa Astros Florida State League Tony Pacheco
A Sumter Astros Western Carolinas League Jackie Brandt
Rookie Covington Astros Appalachian League Billy Smith

References

  1. ^ "Team Batting Game Finder: From 1908 to 2017, (requiring run_diff<=1 and run_diff>=-1), sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2018. Note that tie games are not explicitly shown in the table; the number of ties, if any, can be deduced from any discrepancy between #Matching and (Wins + Losses). The 1971 Astros did not have any tied games in any case.
  2. ^ Doug Konieczny at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Seidel, Jeff (June 9, 2010). "K street: Strasburg racks up the strikeouts". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  4. ^ Paul Siebert at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Rich Troedson at Baseball Reference