Pittsburgh and Montreal provided the closest division race, the Pirates winning on the final day of the season. Willie Stargell had a vintage year for Pittsburgh (32 homers), and Dave Parker hit over .300 for the fifth straight season. The Expos had six pitchers with double-figure wins, led by Bill Lee (16-10).
While Keith Hernandez of St. Louis won the batting title, teammate Garry Templeton became the first player in history to get 100 hits lefthanded and 100 righthanded, batting exclusively from the right side in his last nine games to do so. The Phils phaded phast, the Cubs gave it a shot until September, the Mets were simply shot from the start.
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