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 in 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
C Brad Ausmus 130 425 113 .266 4 44
1B Jeff Bagwell 162 566 162 .286 43 135
2B Craig Biggio 162 619 191 .309 22 81
SS Tim Bogar 97 241 60 .249 4 30
3B Sean Berry 96 301 77 .256 8 43
LF Luis Gonzalez 152 550 142 .258 10 68
CF Chuck Carr 63 192 53 .276 4 17
RF Derek Bell 129 493 136 .276 15 71

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
Ricky Gutiérrez 102 303 79 .261 3 34
Bill Spiers 132 291 93 .320 4 48
Thomas Howard 107 255 63 .247 3 22
Bobby Abreu 59 188 47 .250 3 26
James Mouton 86 180 38 .211 3 23
Tony Eusebio 60 164 45 .274 1 18
Pat Listach 52 132 24 .182 0 6
Ray Montgomery 29 68 16 .235 0 4
Richard Hidalgo 19 62 19 .306 2 6
Russ Johnson 21 60 18 .300 2 9
Tony Peña 9 19 4 .211 0 2
J.R. Phillips 13 15 2 .133 1 4
Luis Rivera 7 13 3 .231 0 3
Ken Ramos 14 12 0 .000 0 1
Randy Knorr 4 8 3 .375 1 1

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
Darryl Kile 34 255.2 19 7 2.57 205
Mike Hampton 34 223.0 15 10 3.83 139
Chris Holt 33 209.2 8 12 3.52 95
Shane Reynolds 30 181.0 9 10 4.23 152
Donne Wall 8 41.2 2 5 6.26 25
Tommy Greene 2 9.0 0 1 7.00 11
Sid Fernandez 1 5.0 1 0 3.60 3

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
Ramón García 42 158.2 9 8 3.69 120

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
Billy Wagner 62 7 8 23 2.85 106
Tom Martin 55 5 3 2 2.09 36
Russ Springer 54 3 3 3 4.23 74
José Lima 52 1 6 2 5.28 63
Mike Magnante 40 3 1 1 2.27 43
John Hudek 40 1 3 4 5.98 36
José Cabrera 12 0 0 0 1.19 18
Blas Minor 11 1 0 1 4.50 6
Óscar Henríquez 4 0 1 0 4.50 3
Manuel Barrios 2 0 0 0 12.00 3

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. ^ "1997 Houston Astros Roster by Baseball Almanac".
  4. ^ Lance Berkman at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Eric Byrnes at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ "Josias Manzanillo Stats".