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West Division

East Division

Series Wrapup

Story

Having posted a losing record in six of the seven previous seasons, the Atlanta Braves became the talk of the baseball world early in 1982, when they won their first 13 games under new manager Joe Torre.  Although the Braves barely played over .500 ball the rest of the year, they hung tough in the pennant race and ended up making the playoffs for the first time since 1969.  Atlanta finished the campaign with a record of 89-73, just one game ahead of the runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers, and only two games in front of the third-place San Francisco Giants. 

Led by N.L. MVP Dale Murphy, the Braves topped the senior circuit with 739 runs scored and 146 home runs.  Murphy batted .281, stole 23 bases, led the league with 109 runs batted in, and placed among the leaders with 36 homers and 113 runs scored.  Bob Horner provided ample assistance to Murphy in the middle of Atlanta’s lineup, finishing second on the team with 32 home runs and 97 runs batted in.  Meanwhile, Phil Niekro headed Atlanta’s rather mediocre pitching staff, compiling a record of 17-4 and an ERA of 3.61.

The second-place Dodgers had superior pitching to Atlanta, leading the league with a team ERA of 3.26.  Fernando Valenzuela and Jerry Reuss anchored the Los Angeles starting rotation, combining to win 37 games between them.  Valenzuela finished among the league leaders with a record of 19-13, a 2.87 ERA, 199 strikeouts, 285 innings pitched, and 18 complete games.  Reuss finished 18-11 with a 3.11 earned run average.  The Dodgers also had one of the better offenses in the senior circuit, placing fourth in the league rankings with 691 runs scored.  N.L. Rookie of the Year Steve Sax provided speed at the top of the batting order, batting .282, scoring 88 runs, and stealing 49 bases.  Pedro Guerrero served as the team’s primary power threat, finishing first on the club with 32 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and a .304 batting average.

The National League East also featured a tight pennant race, with the St. Louis Cardinals returning to the postseason for the first time since 1968 by finishing three games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies, with a record of 92-70.  The Montreal Expos came in third in the division, six games off the pace.

The young Expos had a deep squad that featured Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, and Al Oliver.  Dawson hit 23 homers, batted .301, scored 107 runs, and stole 39 bases.  Raines scored 90 runs and led the league with 78 stolen bases.  Carter hit 29 home runs, knocked in 97 runs, scored 91 others, and batted .293.  Oliver, the second-oldest member of the team at age 35, earned a third-place finish in the N.L. MVP balloting by hitting 22 home runs, scoring 90 runs, and leading the league with 109 runs batted in, a .331 batting average, 204 hits, and 43 doubles. 

The runner-up Phillies were again led by the tandem of Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton.  Schmidt batted .280, finished among the league leaders with 35 home runs and 108 runs scored, and topped the circuit with a .407 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging average.  Carlton compiled a 3.10 ERA and led all N.L. hurlers with 23 wins, 286 strikeouts, 295 innings pitched, 19 complete games, and six shutouts, en route to capturing Cy Young honors for the fourth time in his career.

Although the Cardinals hit only 67 home runs as a team and finished just fifth in the league with 685 runs scored, they had more depth on their roster than either the Expos or the Phillies.  George Hendrick batted .282 and led the team with 19 home runs and 104 runs batted in.  Keith Hernandez knocked in 94 runs, batted .299, and finished second in the league with a .404 on-base percentage.  Rookie outfielder Willie McGee batted .296 and stole 24 bases.  Lonnie Smith batted .307, led the N.L. with 120 runs scored, and stole 68 bases. Joaquin Andujar and Bob Forsch each won 15 games, and Andujar placed among the league leaders with a 2.47 ERA and 265 innings pitched.  Bruce Sutter topped the circuit with 36 saves.

The National League Championship Series proved to be no contest, as the Cardinals swept the Braves in three straight games.  St. Louis outscored Atlanta by a combined margin of 17-5, out-hit them, 34-15, and surrendered only one extra-base hit to Atlanta’s lineup the entire Series.

After losing Game One of the World Series to Milwaukee by a score of 10-0, the Cardinals rebounded to take three of the next five contests.  Game Three turned into a showcase for Willie McGee, who hit two home runs and made a circus catch at the centerfield wall.  The Cardinals then fell behind early in the decisive seventh contest by a score of 3-1.  However, they rallied to score five unanswered runs, bringing home the world championship for the first time in 15 years with a 6-3 victory.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• June 20 – Pete Rose became only the fifth player in history to play in 3,000 major league games.

• July 19 – Tony Gwynn made his major league debut for the San Diego Padres, collecting the first two hits of his Hall of Fame career.

• Joaquin Andujar posted two victories for the Cardinals in the World Series.

• The National League won its 11th straight All-Star Game, 4-1 at Montreal.

• Although his .204 batting average was the lowest by a first baseman with more than 400 at-bats since 1901, New York's Dave Kingman led the National League with 37 home runs.

• The Mets re-acquired Tom Seaver from Cincinnati for three players.

• The Phillies dealt Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus.

• Manny Trillo set a new record for second basemen by handling 479 consecutive chances without an error.

• Willie Stargell retired after 21 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

• Montreal's Steve Rogers finished second in the league with 19 wins and topped the circuit with a 2.40 ERA.

Seasons of the National League

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Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
ATL 2173 5507 739 1411 687 .204 215 22 146 151 77 2108 .316 .279 .630 102 43 96
CHN 2258 5531 676 1436 647 .189 239 46 102 132 70 2073 .290 .258 .556 97 49 76
CIN 2169 5479 545 1375 496 .215 228 34 82 131 69 1917 .325 .276 .629 143 41 88
HOU 2042 5440 569 1342 533 .163 236 48 74 140 61 1896 .286 .222 .572 104 46 68
LAN 2286 5642 691 1487 661 .189 222 32 138 151 56 2187 .339 .261 .670 98 55 106
MON 2072 5557 697 1454 656 .193 270 38 133 156 56 2199 .289 .261 .565 107 41 85
NYN 2219 5510 609 1361 568 .194 227 26 97 137 58 1931 .294 .253 .562 112 53 64
PHI 2152 5454 664 1417 624 .206 245 25 112 128 76 2048 .330 .289 .648 134 38 85
PIT 2160 5614 724 1535 688 .246 272 40 134 161 75 2289 .327 .341 .696 116 67 78
SDN 2082 5575 675 1435 611 .192 217 52 81 165 77 1999 .290 .266 .581 96 47 86
SFN 2234 5499 673 1393 631 .215 213 30 133 130 56 2065 .308 .312 .639 131 45 59
SLN 2206 5455 685 1439 632 .185 239 52 67 200 91 1983 .280 .244 .533 110 55 87

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ATL 476 89 73 1461 813 502 6206 1484 126 70.430 621 702 15 5 51 37 7
CHN 516 73 89 1448 764 452 6182 1510 125 65.280 631 709 9 4 43 32 15
CIN 455 61 101 1460 998 570 6220 1414 105 53.900 595 661 22 5 31 50 11
HOU 406 77 85 1446 899 479 6038 1338 87 104.050 549 620 37 10 31 61 11
LAN 457 88 74 1491 932 468 6185 1356 81 54.410 542 612 37 13 28 35 10
MON 412 86 76 1462 936 448 6083 1371 110 57.530 540 616 34 6 43 47 8
NYN 440 65 97 1448 759 582 6271 1508 119 59.460 624 723 15 3 37 32 13
PHI 449 89 73 1457 1002 472 6103 1395 86 61.920 584 654 38 10 33 49 17
PIT 442 84 78 1468 933 521 6243 1434 118 79.420 624 696 19 4 39 59 10
SDN 439 81 81 1475 765 502 6197 1348 139 55.980 578 658 20 6 41 28 12
SFN 485 87 75 1465 810 466 6232 1507 109 69.100 597 687 18 3 45 33 19
SLN 480 92 70 1466 689 502 6142 1420 94 50.340 549 609 25 8 47 46 12

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ATL 2516 7527 5414 1949 164 .973 17554 167 67 1.00 13
CHN 2655 7536 5416 1962 158 .977 17368 156 76 0 13
CIN 2553 7343 5392 1810 141 .968 17523 149 53 0 12
HOU 2426 7389 5375 1854 160 .970 17361 177 57 0 32
LAN 2631 7587 5451 1972 164 .978 17861 127 69 0 16
MON 2434 7295 5494 1659 142 .975 17531 121 75 0 8
NYN 2587 7541 5459 1885 197 .961 17367 153 86 0 6
PHI 2601 7424 5425 1857 142 .961 17476 154 64 0 11
PIT 2502 7517 5460 1885 172 .974 17600 108 72 0 12
SDN 2523 7608 5570 1863 175 .967 17708 136 43 0 11
SFN 2576 7608 5456 1948 204 .955 17584 185 96 0 7
SLN 2640 7680 5454 2072 154 .969 17583 149 64 0 14

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Atlanta Braves 89 73 1801985 1 813
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 3608881 2 932
San Francisco Giants 87 75 1200948 3 810
San Diego Padres 81 81 1607516 4 765
Houston Astros 77 85 1558555 5 899
Cincinnati Reds 61 101 1326528 6 998

Central

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
St. Louis Cardinals 92 70 2111906 1 689
Philadelphia Philies 89 73 2376394 2 1002
Montreal Expos 86 76 2318292 3 936
Pittsburg Pirates 84 78 1024106 4 933
Chicago Cubs 73 89 1249278 5 764
New York Mets 65 97 1323036 6 759

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1982 NLCS, 1982 World Series, Al Oliver, Andre Dawson, Atlanta Braves, Bob Forsch, Bob Horner, Bruce Sutter, Dale Murphy, Dave Kingman, Fernando Valenzuela, Gary Carter, George Hendrick, Ivan DeJesus, Jerry Reuss, Joaquin Andujar, Joe Torre, Keith Hernandez, Larry Bowa, Lonnie Smith, Manny Trillo, Mike Schmidt, Pedro Guerrero, Pete Rose, Phil Niekro, Ryne Sandberg, St. Louis Cardinals, Steve Carlton, Steve Rogers, Steve Sax, Tim Raines, Tom Seaver, Tony Gwynn, Willie McGee, Willie Stargell

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