After nine seasons as a consistent but unspectacular starter, Krukow starred for
the Giants in 1986, recording career bests in wins (20), ERA (3.05), and strikeouts
(178) and finishing third in the NL Cy Young balloting. Prior to 1986 the 6'5" curveballer
rarely completed games and had never won more than 13 games despite making regular
starts for whichever team he played for. In 1987-89 he was hampered by injuries,
winning only 16 games. Krukow's 20 wins in 1986 were the most by a Giants pitcher
since Ron Bryant won 24 in 1973.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 4, 1981:
In the battle of the Cruz brothers, Astro Jose Cruz launches a 3-run missile in the 1st inning of Chicago's Mike Krukow, while brother Hector Cruz answers with a solo shot off Joaquin Andujar in the 6th inning. The Astros edge the Cubs 5–4.