1991 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1991 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 110th in franchise history; the 105th in the National League. This was their 22nd season at Three Rivers Stadium. For the second consecutive season, the Pirates won the National League East Division title with a record of 98–64. The Pirates finished the season with the best record in Major League Baseball. They were defeated four games to three by the Atlanta Braves in the 1991 National League Championship Series. During the season, John Smiley won 20 games – the last to do so for the Pirates in the 20th century.[2]

1991 Pittsburgh Pirates
1991 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record98–64 (.605)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Pittsburgh Associates
General manager(s)Larry Doughty
Manager(s)Jim Leyland
Local televisionKDKA-TV
KBL
Local radioKDKA-AM
(Steve Blass, Kent Derdivanis, Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker)
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Offseason

  • December 6, 1990: Zane Smith was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.[3]
  • February 4, 1991: Mark Huismann was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.[4]
  • March 21, 1991: Esteban Loaiza was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates.[5]
  • March 29, 1991: Steve Carter was traded by the Pirates to the Chicago Cubs for Gary Varsho.[6]

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9864 0.605 52–32 46–32
St. Louis Cardinals 8478 0.519 14 52–32 32–46
Philadelphia Phillies 7884 0.481 20 47–36 31–48
Chicago Cubs 7783 0.481 20 46–37 31–46
New York Mets 7784 0.478 20½ 40–42 37–42
Montreal Expos 7190 0.441 26½ 33–35 38–55

Game log

1991 Game Log (98–64)
April (13–7)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 8Expos0–7MartinezDrabek54,2740–1
2April 9Expos4–3KipperFreyLandrum6,6241–1
3April 10Expos6–3SmithBoydBelinda7,6562–1
4April 12@ Cubs3–1SmileyBoskiePalacios8,7043–1
5April 13@ Cubs3–7BieleckiDrabek23,8383–2
6April 14@ Cubs4–6SlocumbBelindaSmith25,9943–3
7April 15Mets3–9ConeKipper6,7853–4
8April 16Mets4–2TomlinWhitehurstBelinda16,9634–4
9April 17Mets4–0SmileyDarling14,7925–4
10April 18Cubs2–3SutcliffeDrabekAssenmacher9,1485–5
11April 19Cubs5–4BelindaSmith13,1576–5
12April 20Cubs9–3SmithMaddux13,1797–5
13April 21Cubs13–12 (11)PattersonBielecki10,8608–5
14April 23@ Expos7–3SmileySampen7,7709–5
15April 24@ Expos2–1DrabekMartinezLandrum8,59210–5
16April 25@ Expos8–0PalaciosNabholz7,86811–5
17April 26@ Mets0–2ViolaSmithFranco30,70211–6
18April 27@ Mets10–1TomlinCone32,06212–6
19April 28@ Mets7–3SmileyDarling34,14113–6
20April 30@ Reds3–4BrowningDrabekDibble20,62713–7
May (17–8)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
21May 1@ Reds6–4BelindaMyersLandrum25,23114–7
22May 3Astros1–0SmithHarnisch24,14515–7
23May 4Astros3–8JonesSmileyClancy19,25715–8
24May 5Astros4–6PortugalDrabekSchilling17,72715–9
25May 6Reds3–1PalaciosRijoLandrum9,51816–9
26May 7Reds7–2TomlinHammondBelinda14,25817–9
27May 8Reds7–2SmithCharlton14,59418–9
28May 10Braves5–2SmileySmoltzBelinda23,93619–9
29May 11Braves2–3LeibrandtDrabekMercker33,91419–10
30May 12Braves1–6AveryPalaciosBerenguer20,28719–11
31May 14@ Astros6–3SmithHarnisch7,84620–11
32May 15@ Astros8–7KipperSchillingLandrum9,57721–11
33May 16@ Astros6–4DrabekClancyBelinda8,41922–11
34May 17@ Braves3–9AveryPalacios32,82422–12
35May 19@ Braves1–7GlavineSmithBerenguer27,16422–13
36May 21Cardinals5–3SmileyMoyerLandrum9,22623–13
37May 22Cardinals3–5CarpenterDrabekSmith19,63023–14
38May 23Cardinals2–8DeLeonTomlinTerry8,55723–15
39May 24Phillies9–1SmithMulholland29,77024–15
40May 25Phillies4–2 (11)PalaciosBoever24,35825–15
41May 26Phillies5–2SmileyGrimsleyLandrum26,11726–15
42May 27@ Cardinals8–0DrabekTewksbury40,66727–15
43May 28@ Cardinals9–8BelindaDeLeonLandrum22,76628–15
44May 29@ Cardinals6–0SmithSmith27,17829–15
45May 31@ Phillies5–1WalkGrimsley25,65230–15
June (15–12)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
46June 1@ Phillies5–3SmileyCombsLandrum31,60131–15
47June 2@ Phillies5–3WalkWilliamsPatterson36,18532–15
48June 4Giants3–5BurkettSmithRighetti19,46032–16
49June 5Giants7–3WalkDowns15,46133–16
50June 6Giants3–6BlackSmileyRighetti23,66233–17
51June 7Padres1–0DrabekHurstLandrum25,09534–17
52June 8Padres0–11MadduxTomlin51,29234–18
53June 9Padres3–5BenesSmithLefferts33,27834–19
54June 10Padres5–3PalaciosRasmussenLandrum10,51235–19
55June 12Dodgers2–1DrabekMorganLandrum21,89836–19
56June 13Dodgers2–3GottTomlinHowell26,37736–20
57June 14@ Giants2–3OliverasSmithRighetti17,33336–21
58June 15@ Giants0–4RemlingerSmiley31,80736–22
59June 16@ Giants4–3WalkBlackLandrum27,63437–22
60June 17@ Padres3–2DrabekHurstPalacios15,95138–22
61June 18@ Padres3–1LandrumLefferts14,69739–22
62June 19@ Padres5–6AndersenHeaton27,27239–23
63June 20@ Dodgers2–3GrossSmiley50,06039–24
64June 21@ Dodgers5–1WalkOjedaKipper44,08540–24
65June 22@ Dodgers1–4MorganDrabek42,89140–25
66June 23@ Dodgers0–2BelcherSmithCrews46,35440–26
67June 25Cubs1–5LancasterSmiley31,11540–27
68June 26Cubs7–6WalkMadduxLandrum41,38941–27
69June 27Cubs4–3PalaciosAssenmacher30,96042–27
70June 28@ Expos6–1SmithHaney14,50143–27
71June 29@ Expos2–1HeatonRuskinLandrum16,96144–27
72June 30@ Expos2–1SmileyMartinezBelinda22,92045–27
July (15–12)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
73July 1@ Cubs5–6 (13)ScanlanBelinda32,63345–28
74July 2@ Cubs13–4DrabekBoskie34,33246–28
75July 3@ Cubs11–7SmithLancaster33,43247–28
76July 4@ Cubs8–9 (11)McElroyLandrum31,09847–29
77July 5Expos3–4MartinezSmiley37,80747–30
78July 6Expos1–2GardnerWalkBurke34,18247–31
79July 7Expos6–1DrabekBoydBelinda41,99548–31
80July 11@ Reds10–6PalaciosMyers35,15949–31
81July 12@ Reds7–2DrabekArmstrong42,18150–31
82July 13@ Reds5–2SmileyBrowningKipper48,85751–31
83July 14@ Reds10–6WalkGrossPatterson42,57352–31
84July 15Astros8–0TomlinJones21,64253–31
85July 16Astros6–4SmithKileBelinda18,02854–31
86July 17Astros2–10JonesDrabekOsuna38,73654–32
87July 19Reds7–2SmileyBrowning38,31855–32
88July 20Reds2–3GrossWalkPower34,80555–33
89July 21Reds6–0TomlinHammond34,71756–33
90July 22Braves3–7SmoltzSmith20,54956–34
91July 23Braves12–3DrabekLeibrandt21,66457–34
92July 24Braves7–4SmileyGlavineBelinda26,50858–34
93July 26@ Astros8–1HeatonKile26,18559–34
94July 27@ Astros11–5TomlinJones24,44760–34
95July 28@ Astros7–9BowenSmithClancy20,75460–35
96July 29@ Braves5–7GlavineDrabekFreeman060–36
97July 29@ Braves3–5MahlerSmileyMercker32,29260–37
98July 30@ Braves3–10ParrettLandrumMercker27,09960–38
99July 31@ Braves6–8SmoltzPalaciosStanton23,95560–39
August (17–12)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
100August 1@ Cardinals3–6OlivaresTomlinSmith28,27660–40
101August 2@ Cardinals3–4McClureBelinda36,22860–41
102August 3@ Cardinals5–6 (10)SmithPatterson40,62760–42
103August 4@ Cardinals2–1SmileyHill34,24361–42
104August 6@ Mets3–1TomlinFernandez38,65862–42
105August 7@ Mets1–7GoodenSmith41,54262–43
106August 8@ Mets3–4ViolaDrabekFranco41,67262–44
107August 9Cardinals1–5SmithSmiley38,13662–45
108August 10Cardinals11–5HeatonHill49,93963–45
109August 11Cardinals6–4MasonTewksburyLandrum31,81464–45
110August 12Cardinals4–3 (11)PattersonSmith26,32865–45
111August 13Phillies4–3DrabekCoxBelinda22,58466–45
112August 14Phillies5–3SmileyGreeneBelinda42,50167–45
113August 15Phillies4–6de JesusHeatonWilliams28,19367–46
114August 16Mets8–2TomlinFernandez39,27568–46
115August 17Mets4–1SmithGoodenBelinda44,70769–46
116August 18Mets9–2DrabekViola36,01470–46
117August 20@ Phillies5–6SearcyBelinda23,33670–47
118August 21@ Phillies5–6WilliamsKipper35,59170–48
119August 22@ Phillies3–4 (11)WilliamsLandrum41,54470–49
120August 23Giants8–0DrabekBurkett32,41971–49
121August 24Giants1–5WilsonHeaton33,03571–50
122August 25Giants8–3SmileyOliverasBelinda30,45372–50
123August 26Padres5–7 (10)LeffertsLandrum27,39672–51
124August 27Padres5–2SmithBonesMason19,22773–51
125August 28@ Dodgers6–4RodriguezMcDowellBelinda39,04074–51
126August 29@ Dodgers4–1MasonMorganLandrum46,41475–51
127August 30@ Padres4–1SmileyRasmussenRodriguez21,72676–51
128August 31@ Padres3–2 (12)LandrumMelendezKipper16,17077–51
September (18–11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
129September 1@ Padres4–7BonesSmithMaddux13,09977–52
130September 2@ Giants9–8BelindaRighettiRodriguez16,97178–52
131September 3@ Giants5–3 (10)PattersonOliveras9,54479–52
132September 4@ Giants8–3SmileyBlackMason8,69080–52
133September 6Dodgers3–4McDowellBelinda080–53
134September 6Dodgers3–1SmithGross46,99381–53
135September 7Dodgers1–5OjedaDrabekGott37,41681–54
136September 8Dodgers1–5MorganPatterson31,56381–55
137September 9@ Cubs12–10BelindaSmithRodriguez18,77582–55
138September 10@ Cubs2–6SutcliffeTomlinScanlan29,29982–56
139September 11@ Cardinals3–1SmithTewksbury20,45783–56
140September 12@ Cardinals0–1HillDrabekSmith21,41283–57
141September 13@ Phillies8–6BelindaWilliamsRodriguez29,10784–57
142September 14@ Phillies5–3SmileyAshbyPalacios27,41285–57
143September 15@ Phillies3–8GreeneTomlinWilliams35,56085–58
144September 16Cubs5–4SmithCastilloMason16,14986–58
145September 17Cubs9–2DrabekBielecki18,15287–58
146September 18Cardinals6–5MasonFraser30,12388–58
147September 19Cardinals5–1BelindaOlivares22,90489–58
148September 20Phillies3–8GreeneTomlin22,69189–59
149September 21Phillies7–0Smithde Jesus27,16290–59
150September 22Phillies2–1DrabekBrantley33,66291–59
151September 24@ Mets10–8PattersonInnisRodriguez12,33692–59
152September 26@ Mets4–3 (15)LandrumWhitehurst093–59
153September 26@ Mets1–2BurkeMasonFranco14,45193–60
154September 27Expos8–12RuskinRodriguez8,20193–61
155September 28Expos2–3NabholzDrabekRojas17,12293–62
156September 29Expos6–3WalkSampenKipper14,79894–62
157September 30Mets6–5LandrumSimonsRodriguez16,17095–62
October (3–2)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
158October 1Mets2–1SmileyConeBelinda14,69796–62
159October 2Mets6–9 (11)FrancoPatterson13,32896–63
160October 4Expos1–3JonesMasonRojas14,22796–64
161October 5Expos4–3WalkFasseroBelinda14,03897–64
162October 6Expos7–0SmileyBarnes23,42998–64
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 6–611–713–57–115–79–35–79–311–79–99–3
Chicago 6–64–89–32–1010–711–68–107–114–86–610–8
Cincinnati 7–118–49–96–126–65–79–32–108–1010–84–8
Houston 5–133–99–98–102–107–57–54–86–129–95–7
Los Angeles 11–710–212–610–85–77–57–57–510–88–106–6
Montreal 7–57–106–610–27–54–144–146–126–67–57–11
New York 3–96–117–55–75–714–411–76–127–56–67–11
Philadelphia 7-510–83–95–75–714–47–116–129–36–66–12
Pittsburgh 3–911–710–28–45–712–612–612–67–57–511–7
San Diego 7–118–410–812–68–106–65–73–95–711–79–3
San Francisco 9–96–68–109–910–85–76–66–65–77–114–8
St. Louis 3–98–108–47–56–611–711–712–67–113–98–4

Detailed records

Roster

1991 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers
  • 50 Stan Belinda
  • 15 Doug Drabek
  • 46 Héctor Fajardo
  • 26 Neal Heaton
  • 27 Mark Huismann
  • 16 Bob Kipper
  • 43 Bill Landrum
  • 48 Roger Mason
  • 64 Paul Miller
  • 58 Vicente Palacios
  • 38 Bob Patterson
  • 34 Rick Reed
  • 30 Rosario Rodríguez
  • 57 John Smiley
  • 41 Zane Smith
  • 29 Randy Tomlin
  • 17 Bob Walk
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

  • 45 Rich Donnelly (bullpen)
  • 32 Gene Lamont (third base)
  • 39 Milt May (hitting)
  • 31 Ray Miller (pitching)
  • 37 Tommy Sandt (first base)

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
#NamePosition
2Gary Redus1B
3Jay BellSS
18Andy Van SlykeCF
23Bobby BonillaRF
24Barry BondsLF
7Jeff King3B
12Mike LaValliereC
13José Lind2B
15Doug DrabekSP

Awards and honors

1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pitching

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 9: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 000 000 001 151
Pittsburgh 102 001 01X 581
W: Doug Drabek (1-0)   L: Tom Glavine (0-1)   S: Bob Walk (1)
HR: ATL David Justice (1)  PIT Andy Van Slyke (1)
Pitchers: ATL Glavine (6), Wohlers (1), Stanton (1)  PIT Drabek (6), Walk (3)
Attendance: 57,347  Time: 2:51
Game 2

October 10: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 000 001 000 180
Pittsburgh 000 000 000 060
W: Steve Avery (1-0)   L: Zane Smith (0-1)   S: Alejandro Peña (1)
HR: ATL None   PIT None
Pitchers: ATL Avery (813), Pena (2/3)  PIT Z. Smith (7), Mason (1), Belinda (1)
Attendance: 57,533  Time: 2:46
Game 3

October 12: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 100 100 100 3102
Atlanta 411 000 13X 10110
W: John Smoltz (1-0)   L: John Smiley (0-1)   S: Alejandro Peña (2)
HR: PIT None  ATL Greg Olson (1), Ron Gant (1), Sid Bream (1)
Pitchers: PIT Smiley (2), Landrum (1), Patterson (2), Kipper (2), Rodriguez (1)  ATL Smoltz (613), Stanton (2/3), Wohlers (1/3), Pena (123)
Attendance: 50,905  Time: 3:21
Game 4

October 13: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pittsburgh 010 010 0001 3111
Atlanta 200 000 0000 271
W: Stan Belinda (1-0)   L: Kent Mercker (0-1)   S: None
HR: PIT None  ATL None
Pitchers: PIT Tomlin (6), Walk (2), Belinda (2)  ATL Leibrant (623), Clancy (1/3), Stanton (2), Mercker (2/3), Wohlers (1/3)
Attendance: 51,109  Time: 3:43
Game 5

October 14: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 000 010 000 162
Atlanta 000 000 000 091
W: Zane Smith (1-1)   L: Tom Glavine (0-2)   S: Roger Mason (1)
HR: PIT None  ATL None
Pitchers: PIT Z. Smith (723), Mason (113)  ATL Glavine (8), Pena (1)
Attendance: 51,109  Time: 2:51
Game 6

October 16: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 000 000 001 170
Pittsburgh 000 000 000 040
W: Steve Avery (2-0)   L: Doug Drabek (1-1)   S: Alejandro Peña (3)
HR: ATL None  PIT None
Pitchers: ATL Avery (8), Pena (1)  PIT Drabek (9)
Attendance: 54,508  Time: 3:09
Game 7

October 17: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 300 010 000 461
Pittsburgh 000 000 000 060
W: John Smoltz (2-0)   L: John Smiley (0-2)   S: None
HR: ATL Brian Hunter (1)  PIT None
Pitchers: ATL Smoltz (9)  PIT Smiley (2/3), Walk (413), Mason (2), Belinda (2)
Attendance: 46,932  Time: 3:04

Transactions

  • May 16, 1991: Mike York was traded by the Pirates to the Cleveland Indians for Mitch Webster.[11]
  • June 11, 1991: Mark Huismann was released by the Pirates.[4]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons American Association Terry Collins
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Marc Bombard
A Salem Buccaneers Carolina League Stan Cliburn
A Augusta Pirates South Atlantic League Don Werner
A-Short Season Welland Pirates New York–Penn League Lee Driggers
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

References

  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. Zane Smith at Baseball-Reference
  4. Mark Huismann at Baseball-Reference
  5. Esteban Loaiza at Baseball-Reference
  6. Gary Varsho at Baseball-Reference
  7. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  8. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  9. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  10. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  11. Mike York at Baseball-Reference
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