Astros History: J.R. Richard

Top 10 Pitching Leader for the Astros in:

  • Career Leaders WAR (baseball-reference) for pitchers
  • Earned Run Average season
  • Earned Run Average career
  • Wins season
  • Wins career
  • Win-Loss Percentage career
  • Walks & Hits per IP season
  • Hits per 9 IP season (x2)
  • Hits per 9 IP career
  • Strikeouts per 9 IP season (x3)
  • Strikeouts per 9 IP career
  • Innings Pitched season (x4)
  • Innings Pitched career
  • Strikeouts season (x2)
  • Strikeouts career
  • Games Started season (x2)
  • Games Started career
  • Complete Games season (x4)
  • Complete Games career
  • Shutouts season (x2)
  • Shutouts career
  • Bases on Balls season (x4)
  • Bases on Balls career
  • Home Runs per 9 IP season
  • Home Runs per 9 IP career
  • Earned Runs career
  • Wild Pitches season(x3)
  • Wild Pitches career
  • Batters Faced season (x4)
  • Batters Faced career
  • Adjusted ERA+ season
  • Adjusted Pitching Runs career
  • Adjusted Pitching Wins career
  • Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24) season
  • Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24) career
  • Win Probability Added (WPA) career
  • Situational Wins Saved (WPA/LI) season
  • Situational Wins Saved (WPA/LI) career
  • Base-Out Wins Saved (REW) season
  • Base-Out Wins Saved (REW) career

Lead the League in:

  • 1975 - Base on Balls (138) and Wild Pitches (20)
  • 1976 - Base on Balls (151) and Hits per 9 IP (6.8)
  • 1978 - Base on Balls (151), Strikeouts (303), Wild Pitches (16), Hits per 9 IP (6.3) and Strikeouts per 9 IP (9.9)
  • 1979 - Strikeouts (313), Wild Pitches (19), Hits per 9 IP (6.8), Strikeouts per 9 IP (9.6) and Strikeouts to Walks (3.19)

Awards:

  • Finished seventh (1976), fourth (1978) and third (1979) in Cy Young voting
  • Finished 17 (1976) and 19 (1979) in Most Valuable Player voting
  • All-Star selection 1980

At the age of 30, July 14, 1980, was the last time J.R. Richard donned the number 50 for the Houston Astros. It's about time that number be recognized for the contributions he made to the franchise.

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