1981 Houston Astros
National League West Co-Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record61–49 (.555)
Divisional place3rd (first half); 1st (second half)
Other information
Owner(s)John McMullen
General manager(s)Al Rosen
Manager(s)Bill Virdon
Local televisionKRIV
Local radioKENR
(Gene Elston, Dewayne Staats, Larry Dierker)
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The 1981 Houston Astros season was the 20th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in Houston, Texas. The season was divided into two halves because of a players' strike in mid-season. The Astros won the Western Division of the National League in the second half and advanced to the playoffs, which matched the winners of the two halves in a Division Series (the name would be re-introduced fourteen years later). However, they were defeated in five games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 66 42 0.611 32–22 34–20
Los Angeles Dodgers 63 47 0.573 4 33–23 30–24
Houston Astros 61 49 0.555 6 31–20 30–29
San Francisco Giants 56 55 0.505 11½ 29–24 27–31
Atlanta Braves 50 56 0.472 15 22–27 28–29
San Diego Padres 41 69 0.373 26 20–35 21–34
NL West
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 36 21 .632
Cincinnati Reds 35 21 .625 12
Houston Astros 28 29 .491 8
Atlanta Braves 25 29 .463 9+12
San Francisco Giants 27 32 .458 10
San Diego Padres 23 33 .411 12+12
NL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Houston Astros 33 20 .623
Cincinnati Reds 31 21 .596 1+12
San Francisco Giants 29 23 .558 3+12
Los Angeles Dodgers 27 26 .509 6
Atlanta Braves 25 27 .481 7+12
San Diego Padres 18 36 .333 15+12

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 3–2–1 6–5 4–8 7–7 3–7 3–3 4–5 2–3 9–6 5–7 4–3
Chicago 2–3–1 1–5 1–6 6–4 4–7 5–8–1 2–10 4–10 3–3 5–5 5–4–1
Cincinnati 5–6 5–1 8–4 8–8 5–4 7–3 5–2 4–2 10–2 9–5 0–5
Houston 8–4 6–1 4–8 4–8 5–2 6–3 4–6 2–4 11–3 9–6 2–4
Los Angeles 7–7 4–6 8–8 8–4 5–2 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–5 7–5 5–5
Montreal 7–3 7–4 4–5 2–5 2–5 9–3 7–4 10–3 4–2 2–5 6–9
New York 3–3 8–5–1 3–7 3–6 1–5 3–9 7–7 3–6–1 2–5 2–4 6–5
Philadelphia 5-4 10–2 2–5 6–4 3–3 4–7 7–7 7–5 4–2 4–3 7–6
Pittsburgh 3–2 10–4 2–4 4–2 1–5 3–10 6–3–1 5–7 6–4 3–7 3–8
San Diego 6–9 3–3 2–10 3–11 5–6 2–4 5–2 2–4 4–6 6–7 3–7
San Francisco 7–5 5–5 5–9 6–9 5–7 5–2 4–2 3–4 7–3 7–6 2–3
St. Louis 3–4 4–5–1 5–0 4–2 5–5 9–6 5–6 6–7 8–3 7–3 3–2


Notable transactions

Nolan Ryan's 5th No-Hitter

On September 26, 1981, Nolan Ryan no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, on national television. The 34-year-old right-hander became the first pitcher to throw five career no-hitters.[8] It had been six years since Ryan's last no-hitter; he pitched for the California Angels for the last of four no-hitters.

Roster

1981 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 Alan Ashby 83 255 69 .271 4 33
1B César Cedeño 82 306 83 .271 5 34
2B Joe Pittman 52 135 38 .281 0 7
SS Craig Reynolds 87 323 84 .260 4 31
3B Art Howe 103 361 107 .296 3 36
LF José Cruz 107 409 109 .267 13 55
CF Tony Scott 55 225 66 .293 2 22
RF Terry Puhl 96 350 88 .251 3 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
Denny Walling 65 158 37 .234 5 23
Kiko Garcia 48 136 37 .272 0 15
Luis Pujols 40 117 28 .239 1 14
Phil Garner 31 113 27 .239 0 6
Gary Woods 54 110 23 .209 0 12
Danny Heep 33 96 24 .250 0 11
Dickie Thon 49 95 26 .274 0 3
Rafael Landestoy 35 74 11 .149 0 4
Dave Roberts 27 54 13 .241 1 5
Mike Ivie 19 42 10 .238 0 6
Harry Spilman 28 34 10 .294 0 1
Jeffrey Leonard 7 18 3 .167 0 3
Tim Tolman 4 8 1 .125 0 0
Scott Loucks 10 7 4 .571 0 0
Alan Knicely 3 7 4 .571 2 2
Dave Bergman 6 6 1 .167 1 1
Bert Peña 4 2 1 .500 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
Joe Niekro 24 166.0 9 9 2.82 77
Don Sutton 23 158.2 11 9 2.61 104
Bob Knepper 22 156.2 9 5 2.18 75
Nolan Ryan 21 149.0 11 5 1.69 140
Vern Ruhle 20 102.0 4 6 2.91 39

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
Joaquín Andújar 9 23.2 2 3 4.94 18

Relief pitchers

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Joe Sambito 49 63.2 5 5 10 1.84 41
Dave Smith 42 75.0 5 3 8 2.76 52
Frank LaCorte 37 42.0 4 2 5 3.64 40
Bobby Sprowl 15 28.2 0 1 0 5.97 18
Billy Smith 10 20.2 1 1 1 3.05 3
Gordie Pladson 2 4.0 0 0 0 9.00 3

1981 National League Division Series

See also: 1981 National League Division Series

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros

Los Angeles wins series, 3-2.

Game Score Date
1 Houston 3, Los Angeles 1 October 6
2 Houston 1, Los Angeles 0 (11 innings) October 7
3 Los Angeles 6, Houston 1 October 9
4 Los Angeles 2, Houston 1 October 10
5 Los Angeles 4, Houston 0 October 11

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Jimmy Johnson
AA Columbus Astros Southern League Matt Galante
A Daytona Beach Astros Florida State League Carlos Alfonso
Rookie GCL Astros Blue Gulf Coast League Eric Swanson
Rookie GCL Astros Orange Gulf Coast League Lyle Olsen

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Daytona Beach

References

  1. ^ Don Sutton at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b "Chris Bourjos Stats".
  3. ^ Julio González at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Gary Rajsich at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ David Clyde at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Joaquín Andújar at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ "Eric Bullock Stats".
  8. ^ "Big Days in Astros History – September 26, 1981 – Nolan Ryan pitches his fifth no-hitter". AstrosDaily.com. Retrieved November 15, 2014.