The Pittsburgh Pirates rose to the occasion by winning the NL East Division Crown with a 98-64 record. The team's batting mark of .272 was second in the NL and its 3.41 ERA was third best in the league. And, the Pirates kept on winning, rolling to a three game sweep of Cincinnati in the NL Championship Series and then toppled Baltimore in the 1979 World Series in seven games.
1979 Pitchers Pittsburgh Pirates
Jim Bibby 12-4, 2.81 ERA in 34 Games... Bert Blyleven 12-5, 3.60 ERA in 37G... John Candelaria 14-9, 3.22 ERA in 33G... Joe Coleman 0-0, 6.10 ERA in 10G... Dock Ellis 0-0, 2.57 ERA in 3G... Grant Jackson 8-5, 2.96 ERA in 72G... Bruce Kison 13-7, 3.19 ERA in 33G
Rick Rhoden 0-1, 7.20 ERA in 1G... Dave Roberts 5-2, 3.26 ERA in 21G... Don Robinson 8-8, 3.87 ERA in 21G... Enrique Romo 10-5, 2.99 ERA in 84G... Jim Rooker 4-7, 4.60 ERA in 19G... Kent Tekulve 10-8, 2.75 ERA in 94G... Ed Whitson 2-3, 4.37ERA in 19G.
The 1979 club certainly had one of the Pirates' all-time best bullpen relievers in the club's history - Kent Tekulve, Grant Jackson and Enrique Romo.
The 'Iron Man' of the National League, Tekulve led his league in appearances with 94. The starting pitching staff was as well balanced as any in baseball. John Candelaria (14-9) was the staff's top winner and completed 8 of 30 starts. Jim Bibby (12-4) led the Pirates in winning percentage with .750, led the starters in ERA with 2.81and surrendered just 110 hits in 137 2/3 innings. Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball History