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The 1988 season of the National League was the one hundred thirteenth 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 New York Mets 160 100 60 0 .625 -.- 703 (4.39) 532 (3.33) 0.256 0.324 0.396 2.91 0.981
2 Pittsburgh Pirates 160 85 75 0 .531 15.0 651 (4.07) 616 (3.85) 0.247 0.317 0.369 3.47 0.980
3 Montreal Expos 163 81 81 1 .497 20.0 628 (3.85) 592 (3.63) 0.251 0.308 0.373 3.08 0.978
4 Chicago Cubs 163 77 85 1 .472 24.0 660 (4.05) 694 (4.26) 0.261 0.310 0.383 3.84 0.980
5 St. Louis Cardinals 162 76 86 0 .469 25.0 578 (3.57) 633 (3.91) 0.249 0.309 0.337 3.47 0.981
6 Philadelphia Phillies 162 65 96 1 .401 35.5 597 (3.69) 734 (4.53) 0.239 0.303 0.355 4.14 0.976
Western Division
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 94 67 1 .580 -.- 628 (3.88) 544 (3.36) 0.248 0.304 0.352 2.96 0.977
2 Cincinnati Reds 161 87 74 0 .540 7.0 641 (3.98) 596 (3.70) 0.246 0.307 0.368 3.35 0.980
3 San Diego Padres 161 83 78 0 .516 11.0 594 (3.69) 583 (3.62) 0.247 0.310 0.351 3.28 0.981
4 San Francisco Giants 162 83 79 0 .512 11.5 670 (4.14) 626 (3.86) 0.248 0.317 0.368 3.39 0.980
5 Houston Astros 162 82 80 0 .506 12.5 617 (3.81) 631 (3.90) 0.244 0.304 0.351 3.41 0.978
6 Atlanta Braves 160 54 106 0 .338 39.5 555 (3.47) 741 (4.63) 0.242 0.298 0.348 4.09 0.976

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Will Clark San Francisco Giants 162
At Bats Steve Sax Los Angeles Dodgers 632
Runs Scored Brett Butler San Francisco Giants 109
Hits Andres Galarraga Montreal Expos 184
Doubles Andres Galarraga Montreal Expos 42
Triples Andy Van Slyke Pittsburgh Pirates 15
Home Runs Darryl Strawberry New York Mets 39
Total Bases Andres Galarraga Montreal Expos 329
Runs Batted In Will Clark San Francisco Giants 109
Stolen Bases Vince Coleman St. Louis Cardinals 81
Caught Stealing Vince Coleman
Gerald Young
St. Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros
27
Walks Will Clark San Francisco Giants 100
Intentional Base-on-Balls Will Clark San Francisco Giants 27
Hit by Pitch Phil Bradley Philadelphia Phillies 16
Strikeouts Andres Galarraga Montreal Expos 153
Sacrifice Hits Orel Hershiser
Rick Reuschel
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
19
Sacrifice Flies Andy Van Slyke Pittsburgh Pirates 13
Grounded into Double Plays Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves 24
Batting Average Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres 0.313
On-Base Percentage Kal Daniels Cincinnati Reds 0.397
Slugging Percentage Darryl Strawberry New York Mets 0.545
On-Base plus Slugging Darryl Strawberry New York Mets 0.911
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Darryl Strawberry New York Mets 165

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Orel Hershiser
Danny Jackson
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cincinnati Reds
23
Losses Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves 17
Win-Loss Percentage David Cone New York Mets 0.870
Appearances Rob Murphy Cincinnati Reds 76
Games Started Tom Browning
Rick Reuschel
Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants
36
Complete Games Orel Hershiser
Danny Jackson
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cincinnati Reds
15
Shutouts Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers 8
Games Finished John Franco Cincinnati Reds 61
Saves John Franco Cincinnati Reds 39
Innings Pitched Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers 267.0
Batters Faced Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers 1068
Hits Allowed Rick Mahler Atlanta Braves 279
Home Runs Allowed Tom Browning Cincinnati Reds 36
Base-on-Balls Allowed Kevin Gross Philadelphia Phillies 89
Intentional Base-on-Balls Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs 16
Hit Batsmen Kevin Gross Philadelphia Phillies 11
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan Houston Astros 228
Wild Pitches Bob Walk Pittsburgh Pirates 13
Balks David Cone
Dennis Martinez
Pascual Perez
New York Mets
Montreal Expos
Montreal Expos
10
Runs Allowed Rick Mahler Atlanta Braves 125
Earned Runs Allowed Rick Mahler Atlanta Braves 102
Earned Run Average Joe Magrane St. Louis Cardinals 2.18
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Pascual Perez Montreal Expos 0.941

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League lost the fifty-ninth midsummer classic at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, July 12, 1988 by a score of 2 to 1. The league's manager was Whitey Herzog.

[edit] Postseason

The National League Championship Series, featured New York Mets, the Eastern Division winner, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Western Division winner. The Dodgers defeated the Mets, 4 games to 3.

In the World Series, the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the American League's Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Kirk Gibson, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 272 out of a possible 336 points and 13 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 120 out of a possible 120 points and 24 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Chris Sabo, a third baseman with the Cincinnati Reds. In the award's voting, he had 79 out of a possible 120 points and 11 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 Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers
C Benito Santiago San Diego Padres
1B Keith Hernandez New York Mets
2B Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
3B Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals
SS Tim Wallach Montréal Expos
OF Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs
Eric Davis Cincinnati Reds
Andy Van Slyke Pittsburgh Pirates

[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 Benito Santiago San Diego Padres
1B Andres Galarraga Montreal Expos
2B Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
3B Bobby Bonilla Pittsburgh Pirates
SS Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds
OF Kirk Gibson Los Angeles Dodgers
Darryl Strawberry New York Mets
Andy Van Slyke Pittsburgh Pirates
P Tim Leary Los Angeles Dodgers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The forty-fifth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 1 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game ended in a 1 - 1 tie between the Chicago Cubs of the National League and Cleveland Indians of the American League. The game was ended in tie after nine innings.

[edit] Notable events

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