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The 1978 season of the National League was the one hundred third season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Philadelphia Phillies 162 90 72 0 .556 -.- 708 (4.37) 586 (3.62) 0.258 0.326 0.388 3.33 0.983
2 Pittsburgh Pirates 161 88 73 0 .547 1.5 684 (4.25) 637 (3.96) 0.257 0.318 0.385 3.41 0.973
3 Chicago Cubs 162 79 83 0 .488 11.0 664 (4.10) 724 (4.47) 0.264 0.332 0.361 4.05 0.978
4 Montreal Expos 162 76 86 0 .469 14.0 633 (3.91) 611 (3.77) 0.254 0.304 0.379 3.42 0.979
5 St. Louis Cardinals 162 69 93 0 .426 21.0 600 (3.70) 657 (4.06) 0.249 0.304 0.358 3.58 0.978
6 New York Mets 162 66 96 0 .407 24.0 607 (3.75) 690 (4.26) 0.245 0.314 0.352 3.87 0.979
Western Division
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 95 67 0 .586 -.- 727 (4.49) 573 (3.54) 0.264 0.338 0.402 3.12 0.978
2 Cincinnati Reds 161 92 69 0 .571 2.5 710 (4.41) 688 (4.27) 0.256 0.334 0.393 3.81 0.978
3 San Francisco Giants 162 89 73 0 .549 6.0 613 (3.78) 594 (3.67) 0.248 0.319 0.374 3.30 0.976
4 San Diego Padres 162 84 78 0 .519 11.0 591 (3.65) 598 (3.69) 0.252 0.320 0.348 3.28 0.975
5 Houston Astros 162 74 88 0 .457 21.0 605 (3.73) 634 (3.91) 0.258 0.313 0.355 3.63 0.978
6 Atlanta Braves 162 69 93 0 .426 26.0 600 (3.70) 750 (4.63) 0.244 0.314 0.363 4.08 0.975

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Enos Cabell
Steve Garvey
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers
162
At Bats Enos Cabell Houston Astros 660
Runs Scored Ivan DeJesus Chicago Cubs 104
Hits Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers 202
Doubles Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 51
Triples Garry Templeton St. Louis Cardinals 13
Home Runs George Foster Cincinnati Reds 40
Total Bases Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates 340
Runs Batted In George Foster Cincinnati Reds 120
Stolen Bases Omar Moreno Pittsburgh Pirates 71
Caught Stealing Frank Taveras Pittsburgh Pirates 25
Walks Jeff Burroughs Atlanta Braves 117
Intentional Base-on-Balls Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates 23
Hit by Pitch Andre Dawson Montreal Expos 12
Strikeouts Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves 145
Sacrifice Hits Ozzie Smith San Diego Padres 28
Sacrifice Flies Reggie Smith Los Angeles Dodgers 13
Grounded into Double Plays Steve Henderson New York Mets 24
Batting Average Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates 0.334
On-Base Percentage Jeff Burroughs Atlanta Braves 0.432
Slugging Percentage Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates 0.585
On-Base plus Slugging Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates 0.979
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates 166

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Gaylord Perry San Diego Padres 21
Losses Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 18
Win-Loss Percentage Gaylord Perry San Diego Padres 0.778
Appearances Kent Tekulve Pittsburgh Pirates 91
Games Started Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 42
Complete Games Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 22
Shutouts Bob Knepper San Francisco Giants 6
Games Finished Kent Tekulve Pittsburgh Pirates 65
Saves Rollie Fingers San Diego Padres 37
Innings Pitched Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 334.1
Batters Faced Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 1389
Hits Allowed Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 295
Home Runs Allowed Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 30
Base-on-Balls Allowed J.R. Richard Houston Astros 141
Intentional Base-on-Balls Dale Murray Cincinnati Reds/New York Mets 23
Hit Batsmen Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 13
Strikeouts J.R. Richard Houston Astros 303
Wild Pitches J.R. Richard Houston Astros 16
Balks Steve Carlton
Larry Christenson
Paul Moskau
Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
Cincinnati Reds
7
Runs Allowed Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 129
Earned Runs Allowed Nino Espinosa
Phil Niekro
New York Mets
Atlanta Braves
107
Earned Run Average Craig Swan New York Mets 2.43
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Ed Halicki San Francisco Giants 1.060

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won the forty-ninth midsummer classic at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, July 11, 1978 by a score of 7 to 3. The league's manager was Tommy Lasorda.

[edit] Postseason

The National League Championship Series, featured Philadelphia Phillies, the Eastern Division winner, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Western Division winner. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies, 3 games to 1.

In the World Series, the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers were defeated by the American League's New York Yankees, 4 games to 2.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Dave Parker, an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the award's voting, he had 320 out of a possible 336 points and 21 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Gaylord Perry of the San Diego Padres. In the award's voting, he had 116 out of a possible 120 points and 22 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Bob Horner, a third baseman with the Atlanta Braves. In the award's voting, he had 12 out of a possible 24 points and 12 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves
C Bob Boone Philadelphia Phillies
1B Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals
2B Davey Lopes Los Angeles Dodgers
3B Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies
SS Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
OF Garry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies
Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates
Ellis Valentine Montréal Expos

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirty-sixth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 7 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game ended in a 4 - 4 tie between the New York Mets of the National League and Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game was stopped by rain in top of the seventh inning.

[edit] Notable events

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