Wednesday, June 3, 2015

#592 Lew Krause, Jr.

Fair haired pitcher of brash, promise, and ultimately inconsistency….son of Athletic player and scout Lew Krause, Sr….signed in a bonus baby age 1961 under dad’s recommendations straight out of high school…..Impressive debut, starting his first major league game and spinning a shutout….roughed up a bit thereafter…toiled in the minors with elbow problems for the next several years…did not fully resurface until 1966 when he delivered a 14-9 record…Krause along with Jim Nash were good news and step forward for the struggling franchise….could not provide an encore in 1967 with 7-17 record….Follows the team to Oakland, staying the next two seasons maintaining  a near .500 record….Traded to Seattle nee Milwaukee…Was the first person to pitch in Brewers uniform…took the loss in 12-0 shellacking…1971 pitched as well as he did 1966 but poor run support doomed him to a 8-12 record….Trade to Red Sox for 1972 represented an opportunity with a contender….failed to live up to expectations with a 1-3 record and +6 ERA….was picked up and released by St. Louis, Atlanta, and Oakland going up until 1976.     


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