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The 1981 season of the National League was the one hundred sixth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Italics indicates half winner, Bold indicates league champion, Bold/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 St. Louis Cardinals 103 59 43 1 .573 -.- 464 (4.50) 417 (4.05) 0.265 0.336 0.377 3.63 0.981
2 Montreal Expos 108 60 48 0 .556 2.0 443 (4.10) 394 (3.65) 0.246 0.316 0.370 3.30 0.980
3 Philadelphia Phillies 107 59 48 0 .551 2.5 491 (4.59) 472 (4.41) 0.273 0.340 0.389 4.05 0.980
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 103 46 56 1 .447 13.0 407 (3.95) 425 (4.13) 0.257 0.311 0.369 3.56 0.979
5 New York Mets 105 41 62 2 .390 18.5 348 (3.31) 432 (4.11) 0.248 0.309 0.356 3.55 0.968
6 Chicago Cubs 106 38 65 3 .358 21.5 370 (3.49) 483 (4.56) 0.236 0.303 0.340 4.01 0.974
Western Division
1 Cincinnati Reds 108 66 42 0 .611 -.- 464 (4.30) 440 (4.07) 0.267 0.336 0.385 3.73 0.981
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 110 63 47 0 .573 4.0 450 (4.09) 356 (3.24) 0.262 0.322 0.374 3.01 0.980
3 Houston Astros 110 61 49 0 .555 6.0 394 (3.58) 331 (3.01) 0.257 0.319 0.356 2.66 0.980
4 San Francisco Giants 111 56 55 0 .505 11.5 427 (3.85) 414 (3.73) 0.250 0.320 0.357 3.28 0.978
5 Atlanta Braves 107 50 56 1 .467 15.0 395 (3.69) 416 (3.89) 0.243 0.305 0.349 3.45 0.976
6 San Diego Padres 110 41 69 0 .373 26.0 382 (3.47) 455 (4.14) 0.256 0.313 0.346 3.72 0.977

[edit] Half Standings

[edit] First Half

Season from April 8 - June 11
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA
Eastern Division Western Division
Philadelphia Phillies E 55 34 21 0 .618 -.- Los Angeles Dodgers (-.-) (237) 57 36 21 0 .632
St. Louis Cardinals E 51 30 20 1 .600 1.5 Cincinnati Reds (0.5) (262) 56 35 21 0 .625
Montreal Expos E 55 30 25 0 .545 4.0 Houston Astros (8.0) (195) 57 28 29 0 .491
Pittsburgh Pirates E 49 25 23 1 .521 5.5 Atlanta Braves (9.5) (201) 55 25 29 1 .463
New York Mets E 52 17 34 1 .333 15.0 San Francisco Giants (10.0) (222) 59 27 32 0 .458
Chicago Cubs E 54 15 37 2 .288 17.5 San Diego Padres (12.5) (194) 56 23 33 0 .411

[edit] Second Half

Season from August 10 - October 4
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA
Eastern Division Western Division
Montreal Expos W 53 30 23 0 .566 -.- Houston Astros (-.-) (199) 53 33 20 0 .623
St. Louis Cardinals W 52 29 23 0 .558 0.5 Cincinnati Reds (1.5) (202) 52 31 21 0 .596
Philadelphia Phillies W 52 25 27 0 .481 4.5 San Francisco Giants (3.5) (205) 52 29 23 0 .558
New York Mets W 53 24 28 1 .462 5.5 Los Angeles Dodgers (6.0) (213) 53 27 26 0 .509
Chicago Cubs W 52 23 28 1 .451 6.0 Atlanta Braves (7.5) (194) 52 25 27 0 .481
Pittsburgh Pirates W 54 21 33 0 .389 9.5 San Diego Padres (15.5) (188) 54 18 36 0 .333

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Steve Garvey
Ozzie Smith
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
110
At Bats Ozzie Smith San Diego Padres 450
Runs Scored Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 78
Hits Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies 140
Doubles Bill Buckner Chicago Cubs 35
Triples Craig Reynolds
Gene Richards
Houston Astros
San Diego Padres
12
Home Runs Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 31
Total Bases Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 228
Runs Batted In Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 91
Stolen Bases Tim Raines Montreal Expos 71
Caught Stealing Omar Moreno Pittsburgh Pirates 14
Walks Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 73
Intentional Base-on-Balls Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 18
Hit by Pitch Andre Dawson Montreal Expos 7
Strikeouts Dave Kingman New York Mets 105
Sacrifice Hits Craig Reynolds Houston Astros 18
Sacrifice Flies Garry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies 8
Grounded into Double Plays Ray Knight Cincinnati Reds 18
Batting Average Bill Madlock Pittsburgh Pirates 0.341 *
On-Base Percentage Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 0.435
Slugging Percentage Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 0.644
On-Base plus Slugging Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 1.079
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 199

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Tom Seaver Cincinnati Reds 14
Losses Steve Mura
Pat Zachry
San Diego Padres
New York Mets
14
Win-Loss Percentage Tom Seaver Cincinnati Reds 0.875
Appearances Gary Lucas San Diego Padres 57
Games Started Mike Krukow
Mario Soto
Fernando Valenzuela
Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers
25
Complete Games Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers 11
Shutouts Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers 8
Games Finished Greg Minton San Francisco Giants 44
Saves Bruce Sutter St. Louis Cardinals 25
Innings Pitched Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers 192.1
Batters Faced Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 763
Hits Allowed Gaylord Perry Atlanta Braves 182
Home Runs Allowed Mario Soto
Pat Zachry
Cincinnati Reds
New York Mets
13
Base-on-Balls Allowed Bruce Berenyi Cincinnati Reds 77
Intentional Base-on-Balls Gary Lucas
Dick Tidrow
San Diego Padres
Chicago Cubs
15
Hit Batsmen Tom Griffin San Francisco Giants 7
Strikeouts Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers 180
Wild Pitches Nolan Ryan Houston Astros 16
Balks Danny Boone
Juan Eichelberger
Lary Sorensen
San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
St. Louis Cardinals
5
Runs Allowed Dick Ruthven Philadelphia Phillies 94
Earned Runs Allowed Dick Ruthven Philadelphia Phillies 84
Earned Run Average Nolan Ryan Houston Astros 1.69
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Don Sutton Houston Astros 1.015

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won the fifty-second midsummer classic at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, OH on Sunday, August 9, 1981 by a score of 5 to 4. The league's manager was Dallas Green.

[edit] Postseason

The 1981 National League playoffs featured the champions of the first half and second half in each of the league's two divisions. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-five League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
East.
(1 h.)
 Philadelphia Phillies 2  
East.
(2 h.)
 Montreal Expos 3  
    East.  Montreal Expos 2
  West.  Los Angeles Dodgers 3
West.
(1 h.)
 Los Angeles Dodgers 3
West.
(2 h.)
 Houston Astros 2  

In the World Series, the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated 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 Mike Schmidt, a third baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies. In the award's voting, he had 321 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 Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 70 out of a possible 120 points and 8 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Fernando Valenzuela, a pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 107 out of a possible 120 points and 17 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 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
C Gary Carter Montréal Expos
1B Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals
2B Manny Trillo Philadelphia Phillies
3B Ozzie Smith San Diego Padres
SS Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
OF Andre Dawson Montréal Expos
Garry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies
Dusty Baker Los Angeles Dodgers

[edit] Silver Sluggers

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

Position Player Team
C Gary Carter Montreal Expos
1B Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies
2B Manny Trillo Philadelphia Phillies
3B Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
SS Dave Concepcion Cincinnati Reds
OF Dusty Baker Los Angeles Dodgers
Andre Dawson Montreal Expos
George Foster Cincinnati Reds
P Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The 1981 Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on August 3 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds canceled due to the players' strike.

[edit] Notable events

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