2008 Houston Astros Season
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2008 Houston Astros Season

2008 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record86-75 (.534)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Drayton McLane, Jr.
General manager(s)Ed Wade
Manager(s)Cecil Cooper
Local televisionFSN Houston
KTXH (My 20)
Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies
Local radioKTRH
Milo Hamilton, Brett Dolan, Dave Raymond
KLAT (Spanish)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The Houston Astros' 2008 season was the 47th season for the Houston Astros. The Astros attempted to return to the postseason, after missing the past two postseasons. This was the last season where the Astros finished the season above the .500 mark prior to the post season run in 2015.[1]

Off Season

On October 29, all six eligible Astros players filed for free agency. The list includes catcher Brad Ausmus, infielder Mike Lamb, infielder Mark Loretta, outfielder Orlando Palmeiro, left-handed reliever Trever Miller and right-handed reliever Brian Moehler.

On October 30, the Astros signed catcher Brad Ausmus to a 1-year, $2 million contract.

On November 8, The Astros acquired outfielder Michael Bourn, third baseman Michael Costanzo, and right-handed reliever Geoff Geary from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brad Lidge and infielder Eric Bruntlett. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Ed Wade.[2]

On November 16, the Astros acquired right-handed reliever Óscar Villarreal from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for center fielder Josh Anderson. On the same day, the Astros also signed outfielder Yordany Ramirez as a free agent.

On November 20, the Astros signed free agent utilityman Geoff Blum to a one-year deal including a club option for a second year.

On November 26, the Astros signed free agent Relief Pitcher Doug Brocail to a one-year deal.

On November 30, the Astros and free agent Kazuo Matsui agreed to a 3-year, $16.5 million deal. Matsui played second base for the NL Champion Colorado Rockies in the 2007 season.[3]

On December 12, the Astros acquired shortstop Miguel Tejada from the Orioles for five players. The Astros traded outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate and third baseman Mike Costanzo to Baltimore for Tejada. Adam Everett, the Astros shortstop at the time, had to deal with a double-whammy: not only did the Astros trade for Tejada, they also non-tendered Everett, leaving him without a team as of 11 p.m. CT.

On December 14, The Houston Astros' offseason of dealing continued on Friday when the club traded Chris Burke, Chad Qualls and Juan Gutiérrez to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for closer José Valverde.

In January, Brandon Backe, Ty Wigginton, and Dave Borkowski were signed to a one-year contract.

On February 20, Shawn Chacón signed a one-year deal.

On March 29, the Astros released Woody Williams.

On March 30, the contracts of OF José Cruz, Jr. and RHP Brian Moehler were purchased from Triple-A Round Rock.

Spring training

In spring training the Astros posted a 13-18 record culminating with a 9-4 win in the final spring training game at Minute Maid Park.

Regular season

March/April

After losing the first two games of the 2008 campaign, the Astros were trailing 5-6 the top of the 9th with 2 outs of game 3 against Trevor Hoffman, on April 2. The Astros put two on base when Hunter Pence hit a line drive off of Adrián González's glove into right to tie it up. Lance Berkman came up next and smashed a 3-run home run to deep center making it a 9-6 game. Valverde then closed out the Astros first '08 win.

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 97 64 0.602 -- 55-26 42-38
Milwaukee Brewers 90 72 0.556 49-32 41-40
Houston Astros 86 75 0.534 11 47-33 39-42
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 11½ 46-35 40-41
Cincinnati Reds 74 88 0.457 23½ 43-38 31-50
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 0.414 30½ 39-42 28-53


Record vs. opponents

2008 National League Records

Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona - 3-5 2-4 2-4 15-3 2-7 4-2 8-10 2-5 3-3 3-4 4-3 10-8 11-7 3-4 4-2 6-9
Atlanta 5-3 - 0-6 3-3 4-3 10-8 3-3 4-2 3-6 11-7 4-14 2-5 5-1 2-5 2-5 6-12 8-7
Chicago 4-2 6-0 - 8-7 5-1 4-3 8-9 5-2 9-7 4-2 3-4 14-4 5-2 4-3 9-6 3-3 6-9
Cincinnati 4-2 3-3 7-8 - 1-5 6-2 3-12 1-7 10-8 3-4 3-5 6-9 4-3 5-1 5-10 4-3 9-6
Colorado 3-15 3-4 1-5 5-1 - 5-3 3-3 8-10 4-3 3-6 0-5 5-2 9-9 11-7 3-4 4-3 7-8
Florida 7-2 8-10 3-4 2-6 3-5 - 4-2 3-4 5-1 8-10 10-8 3-2 4-2 3-3 2-5 14-3 5-10
Houston 2-4 3-3 9-8 12-3 3-3 2-4 - 4-3 7-8 5-2 3-4 8-8 3-3 7-1 7-8 4-2 7-11
Los Angeles 10-8 2-4 2-5 7-1 10-8 4-3 3-4 - 4-2 3-4 4-4 5-2 11-7 9-9 2-4 3-3 5-10
Milwaukee 5-2 6-3 7-9 8-10 3-4 1-5 8-7 2-4 - 2-4 1-5 14-1 4-3 6-0 10-5 6-2 7-8
New York 3-3 7-11 2-4 4-3 6-3 10-8 2-5 4-3 4-2 - 11-7 4-3 2-5 5-1 4-3 12-6 9-6
Philadelphia 4-3 14-4 4-3 5-3 5-0 8-10 4-3 4-4 5-1 7-11 - 4-2 4-2 3-3 5-4 12-6 4-11
Pittsburgh 3-4 5-2 4-14 9-6 2-5 2-3 8-8 2-5 1-14 3-4 2-4 - 3-4 4-2 10-7 3-4 6-9
San Diego 8-10 1-5 2-5 3-4 9-9 2-4 3-3 7-11 3-4 5-2 2-4 4-3 - 5-13 1-6 5-1 3-15
San Francisco 7-11 5-2 3-4 1-5 7-11 3-3 1-7 9-9 0-6 1-5 3-3 2-4 13-5 - 4-3 7-0 6-12
St. Louis 4-3 5-2 6-9 10-5 4-3 5-2 8-7 4-2 5-10 3-4 4-5 7-10 6-1 3-4 - 5-1 7-8
Washington 2-4 12-6 3-3 3-4 3-4 3-14 2-4 3-3 2-6 6-12 6-12 4-3 1-5 0-7 1-5 - 8-10


Roster

Game log

  •   Home Game
  •   Away Game
  • + = Interleague Game
  • All games, dates and times are subject to change

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
C Brad Ausmus 81 216 47 .218 3 24
1B Lance Berkman 159 554 173 .312 29 106
2B Kazuo Matsui 96 375 110 .293 6 33
SS Miguel Tejada 158 632 179 .283 13 66
3B Ty Wigginton 111 386 110 .285 23 58
LF Carlos Lee 115 436 137 .314 28 100
CF Michael Bourn 138 467 107 .229 5 29
RF Hunter Pence 157 595 160 .269 25 83

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
3B Geoff Blum 114 325 78 .240 14 53
OF Darin Erstad 140 322 89 .276 4 31
2B Mark Loretta 101 261 73 .280 4 38

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
Roy Oswalt 32 208.2 17 10 3.54 165
Brandon Backe 31 166.2 9 14 6.05 127
Brian Moehler 31 150 11 8 4.56 82
Wandy Rodriguez 25 137.1 9 7 3.54 131

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

Farm system

References

External links


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