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West Division

East Division

Series Wrapup

Story

After falling just one game short of capturing the N.L. West title one year earlier, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned the tables on the Atlanta Braves in 1983, edging them out in another extremely close pennant race.  Los Angeles finished the regular season with a record of 91-71, three games ahead of the runner-up Braves.  Houston placed third in the division, six games off the pace.

The Dodgers managed to replace the Braves atop the division standings even though they lost the services of veterans Ron Cey and Steve Garvey due to free agency during the off-season.  Cey joined the Chicago Cubs, while Garvey remained on the West Coast as a member of the San Diego Padres.  Although the Dodgers topped the senior circuit with 146 home runs, the departures of Cey and Garvey hurt their offense considerably since they finished just eighth in the league with 654 runs scored.  Steve Sax and Pedro Guerrero did their best to pick up the slack on offense.  Sax batted .281, scored 94 runs, and finished third in the league with 56 stolen bases.  Guerrero scored 87 runs and led the club with 32 home runs, 103 runs batted in, and a .298 batting average.

The Dodgers’ greatest strength lay in their pitching staff, which compiled a league-leading 3.10 team ERA.  Although no Dodger hurler won more than 15 games, four of the team’s starters posted double-digit win totals.  Fernando Valenzuela and Bob Welch led the way with 15 victories apiece, and Welch also finished third in the league with a 2.65 ERA.  Jerry Reuss and Alejandro Pena each won 12 games and posted an ERA well below 3.00.  Meanwhile, Steve Howe and Tom Niedenfuer excelled out of the bullpen.  Howe saved 18 games and compiled an ERA of 1.44, while Niedenfuer saved 11 games, won eight others, and compiled a mark of 1.90.   

The Dodgers’ outstanding team balance enabled them to overcome another MVP performance by Atlanta’s Dale Murphy, who hit 36 home runs, batted .302, finished second in the league with 131 runs scored, and topped the circuit with 121 runs batted in.

Over in the N.L. East, the Philadelphia Phillies returned to the top of the division standings for the first time since winning the world championship three years earlier.  The Phillies finished the regular season with a record of 90-72, six games ahead of the runner-up Pittsburgh Pirates, and eight games in front of the third-place Montreal Expos.  The defending-champion St. Louis Cardinals slipped to fourth in the division, 11 games off the pace.

The third-place Expos featured two of the league’s best players in Tim Raines and Andre Dawson.  Raines batted .298 and topped the circuit with 133 runs scored and 90 stolen bases.  Dawson batted .299, scored 104 runs, led the league with 341 total bases and 189 hits, and placed among the leaders with 32 home runs and 113 runs batted in.

However, strong performances by John Denny and Mike Schmidt enabled an aging Phillies’ team that acquired the nickname “the Wheeze Kids” to finish first in the division.  Denny earned N.L. Cy Young honors by going 19-6 with a 2.37 ERA.  Schmidt knocked in 109 runs, scored 104 others, and topped the circuit with 40 home runs.  Although 38-year-old Steve Carlton finished just 15-16, he pitched extremely well, compiling a 3.11 ERA and leading all N.L. hurlers with 275 strikeouts and 284 innings pitched.   

The Phillies made surprisingly quick work of the Dodgers in the NLCS, defeating them in four games and outscoring them by a combined margin of 16-8.  Gary Matthews earned NLCS MVP honors by batting .429, with three home runs and eight runs batted in.

Philadelphia proved to be no match for the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series, though, losing to the Birds in five games.  After winning Game One by a score of 2-1, the Phillies dropped the next four contests, scoring only seven runs in the process.  They ended the Series with a team batting average of just .195.  Oriole catcher Rick Dempsey was named Series MVP for batting .385.

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

• April 5 - Tom Seaver made his first Shea Stadium appearance in a Mets uniform since 1977.  Pitching before 46,687 enthusiastic fans, the man once known as “The Franchise” worked six scoreless innings against the Phillies in gaining a no-decision.

• June 15 - The New York Mets acquired first baseman Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.

• September 23 - Steve Carlton recorded his 300th career win, defeating the Cardinals 6-2 in St. Louis.

• Steve Garvey's National League record streak of 1,207 consecutive games played ended when he broke his thumb.

• Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton both surpassed Walter Johnson's career strikeout record of 3,509.

• Pittsburgh’s Bill Madlock won his fourth and final batting title with a mark of .323.

• New York's Darryl Strawberry (26 home runs, 74 RBIs, .257 batting average) earned N.L. Rookie of the Year honors.

• Cardinal Bob Forsch threw a no-hitter against the Expos on September 26.

• Montreal’s Tim Raines set a National League record by scoring 19.6 percent (133) of his team's runs.

• San Francisco’s Atlee Hammaker led all N.L. pitchers with a 2.25 ERA.

• Cincinnati's Mario Soto led the National League with 18 complete games and finished second in the circuit with 17 wins and 274 innings pitched.

• The Phillies won the National League flag despite having the oldest team in the majors and posting a sub-par team batting average (.249) and fielding average (.976).

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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 2140 5472 746 1489 691 .204 218 45 130 146 88 2187 .343 .276 .643 129 46 78
CHN 2260 5512 701 1436 649 .191 272 42 140 84 40 2212 .301 .270 .601 113 50 71
CIN 2134 5333 623 1274 577 .169 236 35 107 154 77 1901 .298 .245 .578 121 45 72
HOU 2086 5502 643 1412 615 .190 239 60 97 164 95 2062 .292 .272 .582 76 54 81
LAN 2263 5440 654 1358 613 .229 197 34 146 166 76 2061 .325 .308 .661 112 40 86
MON 2136 5611 677 1482 632 .224 297 41 102 138 44 2167 .330 .287 .634 133 57 78
NYN 2247 5444 575 1314 542 .202 172 26 112 141 64 1874 .293 .269 .577 113 32 66
PHI 2299 5426 696 1352 649 .212 209 45 125 143 75 2026 .324 .309 .675 132 46 80
PIT 2123 5531 659 1460 612 .171 238 29 121 124 77 2119 .283 .246 .574 121 38 84
SDN 2129 5527 653 1384 592 .191 207 34 93 179 67 1938 .297 .258 .593 121 45 89
SFN 2131 5369 687 1324 638 .193 206 30 142 140 78 2016 .321 .274 .627 129 46 64
SLN 2260 5550 679 1496 636 .169 262 63 83 207 89 2133 .314 .241 .628 117 49 72

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ATL 467 88 74 1441 895 540 6113 1412 132 79.730 588 640 18 4 48 34 10
CHN 531 71 91 1427 807 498 6110 1496 117 81.560 647 719 9 5 42 43 13
CIN 433 74 88 1441 934 627 6166 1365 135 78.210 642 710 34 5 29 27 9
HOU 423 85 77 1467 904 570 6117 1276 94 47.470 562 646 22 8 48 49 14
LAN 441 91 71 1464 1000 495 6132 1336 97 49.860 506 609 27 10 40 38 12
MON 415 82 80 1471 899 479 6151 1406 120 88.400 586 646 38 14 34 38 9
NYN 436 68 94 1450 717 615 6181 1384 97 57.160 593 680 18 5 33 46 14
PHI 463 90 72 1463 1092 464 6168 1429 111 66.540 544 635 20 6 41 44 18
PIT 452 84 78 1462 1061 563 6167 1378 109 73.040 577 648 25 11 41 52 21
SDN 457 81 81 1469 850 528 6179 1389 144 62.990 590 653 23 4 44 33 10
SFN 438 79 83 1445 881 520 6206 1431 127 68.630 599 697 20 7 47 53 20
SLN 489 79 83 1460 709 525 6232 1479 115 75.160 623 710 22 7 27 55 19

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ATL 2494 7395 5346 1888 161 .948 17285 172 68 0 6
CHN 2657 7384 5236 2011 137 .975 17144 152 66 0 24
CIN 2465 7272 5476 1662 134 .947 17299 135 81 1.00 16
HOU 2485 7518 5486 1863 169 .967 17596 182 54 0 35
LAN 2716 7417 5406 1823 188 .963 17564 114 88 1.00 20
MON 2531 7442 5570 1735 137 .949 17651 115 86 0 8
NYN 2506 7548 5460 1920 168 .964 17410 194 73 0 12
PHI 2830 7370 5364 1833 173 .952 17542 167 79 0 13
PIT 2523 7299 5425 1738 136 .982 17548 126 64 0 9
SDN 2547 7458 5542 1766 150 .972 17611 152 74 1.00 9
SFN 2483 7466 5445 1823 198 .960 17347 167 73 0 11
SLN 2675 7602 5460 1958 184 .963 17516 110 64 0 19

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Los Angeles Dodgers 91 71 3510313 1 1000
Atlanta Braves 88 74 2119935 2 895
Houston Astros 85 77 1351962 3 904
San Diego Padres 81 81 1539815 4 850
San Francisco Giants 79 83 1251530 5 881
Cincinnati Reds 74 88 1190419 6 934

Central

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
Philadelphia Philies 90 72 2128339 1 1092
Pittsburg Pirates 84 78 1225916 2 1061
Montreal Expos 82 80 2320651 3 899
St. Louis Cardinals 79 83 2317914 4 709
Chicago Cubs 71 91 1479717 5 807
New York Mets 68 94 1112774 6 717

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1983 NLCS, 1983 World Series, Alejandro Pena, Andre Dawson, Atlee Hammaker, Bill Madlock, Bob Forsch, Bob Welch, Dale Murphy, Darryl Strawberry, Fernando Valenzuela, Gary Matthews, Jerry Reuss, John Denny, Keith Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mario Soto, Mike Schmidt, Neil Allen, Nolan Ryan, Pedro Guerrero, Pete Rose, Philadelphia Phillies, Rick Ownbey, Ron Cey, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Carlton, Steve Garvey, Steve Howe, Steve Sax, Tim Raines, Tom Niedenfuer, Tom Seaver

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