Houston Astros’ All-Time Best Seasons: Recap

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Starting Pitcher

1986: Mike Scott

There have been some dominant pitching performances by Houston hurlers, but unfortunately you could only choose one. This selection should not surprise anyone.

Mike Scott was absolutely dominant in 1986, culminating with the no-hitter versus San Francisco to clinch the NL West. Scott’s stats include 2.22 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 306 strikeouts, 7 complete games, 5 shutouts, and the Cy Young Award.

Here’s a great read about Scott’s stuff being so filthy, that New York Mets catcher, Gary Carter, accused him of cheating.


1999: Billy Wagner

Billy “The Kid” Wagner’s fourth season saw him finally breakout and get the recognition he deserved. The flame-throwing, self-taught lefty coverted 39 out of 42 save opportunities (92.9%) while posting a 1.57 ERA, .777 WHIP, 1.65 FIP, and allowing only 5 home runs in 74 and 2/3 innings (.6 HR/9 inn). He earned an All-Star appearance for relievers that season.

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