1981 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1981 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 59–43 (.578)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KSDK
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Dan Kelly)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Dan Kelly)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 1981 season was the team's 100th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 90th season in the National League. 1981 was a season of two significant anomalies: A change in the playoff format, which created the first-ever Divisional Series with a qualification variant that existed only for that season, and the players' strike, which truncated the regular season. Despite finishing 59-43, good for the best overall record in the National League East, the strike set up the scenario where the Cardinals actually missed the playoffs. The regular season was split into halves to tally teams' records separately in each half of the season, and because the Cardinals finished in second place in each half, they did not qualify for the 1981 playoffs. Major League Baseball reverted to the previous playoff format the following season, and the Cardinals qualified for that postseason.

First baseman Keith Hernandez won a Gold Glove this year.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 59 43 0.578 32–21 27–22
Montreal Expos 60 48 0.556 2 38–18 22–30
Philadelphia Phillies 59 48 0.551 36–19 23–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 46 56 0.451 13 22–28 24–28
New York Mets 41 62 0.398 18½ 24–27 17–35
Chicago Cubs 38 65 0.369 21½ 27–30 11–35



NL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct.
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521
New York Mets 17 34 .333
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288
NL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481
New York Mets 24 28 .462
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1981 National League Records

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


Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 St. Louis Cardinals roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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[edit]

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
Sixto Lezcano 72 214 57 .266 5 28
Gene Tenace 58 129 30 .233 5 22
Steve Braun 44 46 9 .196 0 2
David Green 21 34 5 .147 0 2
Julio González 20 22 7 .318 1 3
Neil Fiala 3 3 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lary Sorensen 23 140.1 7 7 3.27 52
Bob Forsch 20 124.1 10 5 3.18 41
Silvio Martínez 18 97 2 5 3.99 34
Joaquín Andújar 11 55.1 6 1 3.74 19

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Shirley 28 79.1 6 4 4.08 36
Dave LaPoint 3 10.2 1 0 4.22 4

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bruce Sutter 48 3 5 25 2.62 57
Jim Kaat 41 6 6 4 3.40 8
Bob Sykes 22 2 0 0 4.58 14
Joe Edelen 13 1 0 0 9.35 10
Doug Bair 11 2 0 1 3.45 14
Luis DeLeón 10 0 1 0 2.35 8

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Springfield Redbirds American Association Tommy Thompson
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Gaylen Pitts
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Nick Leyva
A Gastonia Cardinals South Atlantic League Joe Rigoli
A-Short Season Erie Cardinals New York–Penn League Sonny Ruberto
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Johnny Lewis

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Geren at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Bruce Sutter at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ted Simmons at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rafael Santana at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Julio González at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Bill Lyons at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Joaquín Andújar at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ "Bobby Beacham: Career Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  9. ^ Tom Nieto at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Danny Cox at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Neil Fiala at Baseball Reference

External links[edit]