1997 Houston Astros
National League Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record84–78 (.519)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Drayton McLane, Jr.
General manager(s)Gerry Hunsicker
Manager(s)Larry Dierker
Local televisionKTXH
Fox Sports Southwest
(Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies)
Local radioKILT (AM)
(Milo Hamilton, Vince Controneo)
KXYZ
(Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Alex Treviño)
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The 1997 Houston Astros season was the 36th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in Houston, Texas. In their fourth season in the National League Central and first under former player/broadcaster-turned manager Larry Dierker, the Astros finished first place, giving them their first playoff berth in eleven years.

Offseason

December 2, 1996: Pat Listach signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.[1]

Regular season

The 1,000 hit of Jeff Bagwell's career was a home run on May 20 against Calvin Maduro, one of his two that game, in a 9–5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.[2]

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 46–35 38–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 5 43–38 36–45
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 8 40–41 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 0.451 11 41–40 32–49
Chicago Cubs 68 94 0.420 16 42–39 26–55

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LA MTL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Atlanta 9–2 9–2 5–6 4–8 7–4 6–5 10–2 5–7 10–2 5–6 8–3 7–4 8–3 7–5
Chicago 2–9 7–5 2–9 2–9 3–9 5–6 4–7 6–5 6–5 7–5 6–5 5–6 4–8 9–6
Cincinnati 2–9 5–7 5–6 5–6 5–7 6–5 6–5 2–9 8–3 8–4 5–6 4–7 6–6 9–6
Colorado 6–5 9–2 6–5 7–4 5–6 5–7 7–4 6–5 4–7 4–7 4–8 4–8 7–4 9–7
Florida 8–4 9–2 6–5 4–7 7–4 7–4 7–5 4–8 6–6 7–4 5–6 5–6 5–6 12–3
Houston 4–7 9–3 7–5 6–5 4–7 7–4 8–3 7–4 4–7 6–6 6–5 3–8 9–3 4–11
Los Angeles 5–6 6–5 5–6 7–5 4–7 4–7 7–4 6–5 10–1 9–2 5–7 6–6 5–6 9–7
Montreal 2–10 7–4 5–6 4–7 5–7 3–8 4–7 5–7 6–6 5–6 8–3 6–5 6–5 12–3
New York 7–5 5–6 9–2 5–6 8–4 4–7 5–6 7–5 7–5 7–4 5–6 3–8 9–2 7–8
Philadelphia 2-10 5–6 3–8 7–4 6–6 7–4 1–10 6–6 5–7 5–6 7–4 3–8 6–5 5–10
Pittsburgh 6–5 5–7 4–8 7–4 4–7 6–6 2–9 6–5 4–7 6–5 5–6 8–3 9–3 7–8
San Diego 3–8 5–6 6–5 8–4 6–5 5–6 7–5 3–8 6–5 4–7 6–5 4–8 5–6 8–8
San Francisco 4–7 6–5 7–4 8–4 6–5 8–3 6–6 5–6 8–3 8–3 3–8 8–4 3–8 10–6
St. Louis 3–8 8–4 6–6 4–7 6–5 3-9 6–5 5–6 2–9 5–6 3–9 6–5 8–3 8–7


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1997 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
CF Chuck Carr 63 192 53 .276 4 17

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

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

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

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

National League Divisional Playoffs

Main article: 1997 National League Division Series

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros, three games to none.

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Atlanta 2 Houston 1 September 30 1-0 (ATL)
2 Atlanta 13 Houston 3 October 1 2-0 (ATL)
3 Houston 1 Atlanta 4 October 3 3-0 (ATL)

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA New Orleans Zephyrs American Association Steve Swisher and Matt Galante
AA Jackson Generals Texas League Dave Engle
A Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League John Tamargo
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Manny Acta
A-Short Season Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League Mike Rojas
Rookie GCL Astros Gulf Coast League Bobby Ramos

References

  1. ^ a b Pat Listach at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ "Bagwell's 1,000th hit leads Astros, 9–5". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. May 20, 1997. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1997&t=HOU
  4. ^ Lance Berkman at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Eric Byrnes at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manzajo01.shtml[bare URL]