1998 Houston Astros Season
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1998 Houston Astros Season
1998 Houston Astros
1998 NL Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 102-60 (.630)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Drayton McLane, Jr.
General manager(s) Gerry Hunsicker
Manager(s) Larry Dierker
Local television KNWS-TV
Fox Sports Southwest
(Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies)
Local radio KILT (AM)
(Milo Hamilton, Alan Ashby)
KXYZ
(Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Alex Treviño)
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The 1998 Houston Astros season marked their second consecutive trip to the postseason. They won a club-record 102 games, the first time in club history with at least 100 wins in a season. The Astros won their second consecutive National League Central title.

Offseason

  • December 22, 1997: Rob Butler signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.[1]

Regular season

First baseman Jeff Bagwell hit his first career grand slam while tying a career-high six runs batted in (RBI) against Cincinnati on September 9 in a 13-7 victory. It was his 218th career home run, making his streak the then-longest among active players without a grand slam.[2]

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 102 60 0.630 -- 55-26 47-34
Chicago Cubs 90 73 0.552 12½ 51-31 39-42
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 19 48-34 35-45
Cincinnati Reds 77 85 0.475 25 39-42 38-43
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 28 38-43 36-45
Pittsburgh Pirates 69 93 0.426 33 40-40 29-53


Record vs. opponents

1998 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona -- 1-8 5-7 4-5 6-6 6-2 4-5 4-8 6-3 2-7 4-5 2-7 6-3 3-9 5-7 2-7 5-8
Atlanta 8-1 -- 3-6 7-2 5-3 7-5 4-5 8-1 7-2 6-6 9-3 8-4 7-2 5-4 7-2 6-3 9-7
Chicago 7-5 6-3 -- 6-5 7-2 7-2 4-7 4-5 6-6 7-2 4-5 3-6 8-3 5-4 7-3 4-7 5-8
Cincinnati 5-4 2-7 5-6 -- 4-5 9-0 3-8 5-4 6-5 8-1 3-6 4-5 5-7 1-11 2-7 8-3 7-6
Colorado 6-6 3-5 2-7 5-4 -- 6-3 6-5 6-6 4-7 7-2 3-6 5-4 5-4 5-7 7-5 3-6 4-8
Florida 2-6 5-7 2-7 0-9 3-6 -- 3-6 4-5 0-9 5-7 5-7 6-6 3-6 4-5 0-9 4-5 8-8
Houston 5-4 5-4 7-4 8-3 5-6 6-3 -- 3-6 9-2 7-2 5-4 7-2 9-2 5-4 6-3 5-7 10-4
Los Angeles 8-4 1-8 5-4 4-5 6-6 5-4 6-3 -- 5-4 5-4 3-5 5-4 7-5 5-7 6-6 4-5 8-5
Milwaukee 3-6 2-7 6-6 5-6 7-4 9-0 2-9 4-5 -- 6-3 1-8 4-5 6-5 3-6 5-4 3-8 8-6
Montreal 7-2 6-6 2-7 1-8 2-7 7-5 2-7 4-5 3-6 -- 8-4 5-7 2-7 4-4 3-6 3-6 6-10
New York 5-4 3-9 5-4 6-3 6-3 7-5 4-5 5-3 8-1 4-8 -- 8-4 4-5 4-5 4-5 6-3 9-7
Philadelphia 7-2 4-8 6-3 5-4 4-5 6-6 2-7 4-5 5-4 7-5 4-8 -- 8-1 1-8 2-6 3-6 7-9
Pittsburgh 3-6 2-7 3-8 7-5 4-5 6-3 2-9 5-7 5-6 7-2 5-4 1-8 -- 5-4 2-7 6-5 6-7
San Diego 9-3 4-5 4-5 11-1 7-5 5-4 4-5 7-5 6-3 4-4 5-4 8-1 4-5 -- 8-4 6-3 6-7
San Francisco 7-5 2-7 3-7 7-2 5-7 9-0 3-6 6-6 4-5 6-3 5-4 6-2 7-2 4-8 -- 7-5 8-5
St. Louis 7-2 3-6 7-4 3-8 6-3 5-4 7-5 5-4 8-3 6-3 3-6 6-3 5-6 3-6 5-7 -- 4-9


Notable Transactions

July 31, 1998: Randy Johnson was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later, Freddy Garcia, and Carlos Guillén. The Houston Astros sent John Halama (October 1, 1998) to the Seattle Mariners to complete the trade.[3]

Game Log

Legend
  Astros win
  Astros loss
  Postponement
Bold Astros team member

Roster

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 128 412 111 .269 6 45
1B Jeff Bagwell 147 540 164 .304 34 111
2B Craig Biggio 160 646 210 .325 20 88
SS Ricky Gutierrez 141 491 128 .261 2 46
3B Bill Spiers 123 384 105 .273 4 43
LF Moises Alou 159 584 182 .312 38 124
CF Carl Everret 133 467 138 .296 15 76
RF Derek Bell 156 630 198 .314 22 108

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
Shane Reynolds
Jose Lima

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

Houston Astros vs. San Diego Padres

The Astros season ended by defeat in four games to the San Diego Padres in the National League Division Series,[4] including losing two starts against Kevin Brown - one of the league's highest-accomplished pitchers that year[5] - both by a 2-1 score. As the Game 1 starter opposing Randy Johnson, Brown allowed no runs in eight innings and struck out 16 Astros, a career-high, and second to that point in MLB playoff history only to Bob Gibson's 17-strikeout performance in the 1968 World Series. [6] Bagwell, Derek Bell, and Craig Biggio combined for six hits in 51 at bats in this series.[7]

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Houston 1 San Diego 2 September 29 1-0 (SD)
2 Houston 5 San Diego 4 October 1 1-1
3 San Diego 2 Houston 1 October 3 2-1 (SD)
4 San Diego 6 Houston 1 October 4 3-1 (SD)

Awards and Records

  • Larry Dierker, National League Manager of the Year

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: New Orleans; LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Auburn

References

  1. ^ Rob Butler Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ "Bagwell has a career day in 13-7 victory". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. September 9, 1998. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ Randy Johnson Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Swydan, Paul (May 17, 2013). "The 1998 Astros were pretty good at hitting". Fangraphs. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ Newhan, Ross (October 5, 1998). "Once again, Biggio Bagwell and Bell are wannabes in playoffs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ Newhan, Ross (September 30, 1998). "Powerful Astros are shut down by a Brown out". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ Diamos, Jason (October 5, 1998). "Padres defeat Johnson; next up are the Braves". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016. 

External links


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