1996 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1996 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League Central.

1996 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record82–80 (.506)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Drayton McLane, Jr.
General manager(s)Gerry Hunsicker
Manager(s)Terry Collins
Local televisionKTXH
Prime Sports Southwest
Local radioKILT (AM)
(Bill Brown, Milo Hamilton, Larry Dierker, Vince Controneo, Bill Worrell)
KXYZ
(Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Danny Gonzalez)
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Offseason

Regular season

On May 7 against Philadelphia, Jeff Bagwell reached the 500th run batted in (RBI) of his career with two home runs and four RBI.[2] By hitting his second upper-deck home run at Three Rivers Stadium on May 29 – it travelled 459 feet (140 m) – Bagwell joined longtime Pirate Willie Stargell as the only players to homer twice into the stadium's upper deck.[3] For the month of May, he batted .360 with .740 SLG, 10 HR, 31 RBI, scored 22 runs, and stole four bases. He was named NL Player of the Month, his fourth career monthly award.[4] On June 14, Bagwell tied a major league record with four doubles in one game against San Francisco.[5]

The Astros retired Nolan Ryan's number 34 on September 29, 1996.

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 48–33 40–41
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 6 48–33 34–47
Cincinnati Reds 81 81 0.500 7 46–35 35–46
Chicago Cubs 76 86 0.469 12 43–38 33–48
Pittsburgh Pirates 73 89 0.451 15 36–44 37–45

Record vs. opponents

1996 National League Records

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

Game log

1996 Game Log: 82–80 (Home: 48–33; Away: 34–47)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Astros team member

Detailed records

National League
Opponent W L WP RS RA
NL East
Atlanta Braves 6 6 0.500 44 47
Florida Marlins 5 7 0.417 37 56
Montreal Expos 4 9 0.308 62 74
New York Mets 8 4 0.667 62 56
Philadelphia Phillies 10 2 0.833 73 42
Total 33 28 0.541 278 275
NL Central
Chicago Cubs 8 5 0.615 67 76
Cincinnati Reds 6 7 0.462 73 78
Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates 8 5 0.615 65 51
St. Louis Cardinals 2 11 0.154 38 63
Total 24 28 0.462 243 268
NL West
Colorado Rockies 5 8 0.385 63 85
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 6 0.500 49 44
San Diego Padres 6 6 0.500 45 60
San Francisco Giants 8 4 0.667 75 60
Total 25 24 0.510 232 249
Season Total 82 80 0.506 753 792
Month Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
April 27 13 14 0.481 143 151
May 28 14 14 0.500 126 128
June 27 15 12 0.556 161 137
July 27 15 12 0.556 97 128
August 28 17 11 0.607 139 121
September 25 8 17 0.320 87 127
Total 162 82 80 0.506 753 792
Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
Home 81 48 33 0.593 364 347
Away 81 34 47 0.420 389 445
Total 162 82 80 0.506 753 792

Notable transactions

Roster

1996 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

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
Mike Simms 49 68 12 .176 1 8

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
Xavier Hernandez 58 5 5 6 4.22 78
Anthony Young 28 3 3 0 4.59 19

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Tim Tolman
AA Jackson Generals Texas League Dave Engle
A Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League Alan Ashby
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Jim Pankovits
A-Short Season Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League Manny Acta
Rookie GCL Astros Gulf Coast League Bobby Ramos

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jackson

References

  1. ^ Anthony Young at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Jeff Bagwell player page bio". MLB.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jeff Bagwell through the years (1996)". Houston Chronicle. January 4, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ UPI (June 3, 1996). "Bagwell captures NL Award for May". United Press International. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Rajan, Greg (February 25, 2015). "Houston athletes own some interesting records". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Greg Swindell at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Roy Oswalt at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Danny Darwin at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Kirt Manwaring at Baseball Reference

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