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Nate Karns | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nate Karns gave up two runs in six innings en route to a loss against the Indians on Monday.
The Indians got to Karns early for a run in each of the first two innings, which proved to be enough run support for Cody Anderson. Karns danced around nine hits and a pair of walks with seven strikeouts. It could've been a lot worse. Karns' solid 2015 campaign continues as he now sports a 3.26 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and an 84/36 K/BB ratio in 91 innings. He will toe the rubber at Yankee Stadium in his next start. Jun 29 - 10:05 PM

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Nate Karns was dealt a hard-luck no-decision Wednesday, tossing six scoreless frames in an extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays.

Karns walked three, but he yielded just three singles and struck out five. He was pulled after allowed the first two batters to reach in the seventh and it turned out to be a good move after Kevin Jepsen escaped the jam. Karns has been quite reliable for the Rays with a 3.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 15 starts. He'll get the Indians next.
Jun 24 - 4:11 PM

Nate Karns yielded one run over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's 4-1 win over the Indians.

Karns was pulled with two on and one out in the sixth and Xavier Cedeno was able to keep Cleveland off the board. The only run scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Karns struck out four and walked one en route to his first win since May 13. The 27-year-old hasn't pitched deep into games this season, but he owns a solid 3.53 ERA and 72/31 K/BB ratio in 79 innings through 14 starts.
Jun 19 - 10:53 PM

Nate Karns suffered his third loss of the season, giving up five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work on Tuesday versus the Angels.

The Angels were all over Karns, bashing out nine hits, including four doubles and a home run. Karns also walked two while striking out four. The right-hander has only averaged 5 2/3 innings per start, but has otherwise been solid with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 60/29 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings. Karns will try to bounce back at home against the White Sox.
Jun 9 - 10:35 PM

Nate Karns yielded four runs on five hits in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Angels.

Karns struck out three and walked three. This was the first time Karns has given up more than two runs in an outing since April 22. Karns has turned in solid AL-only value by posting a 3.63 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Next time out, he gets a rematch against the Angels, this time in Tampa Bay. Fun!
Jun 4 - 1:34 AM

Nate Karns delivered an excellent performance in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday, allowing just one hit over six shutout innings.

Karns punched out seven on the evening and walked two. He needed just 87 pitches to get through his six frames, so it's a bit of a surprise that manager Kevin Cash didn't let him begin the seventh inning. He has done a nice job in the Rays rotation, posting a 3.32 ERA and 53/24 K/BB ratio over 57 innings. He'll take on the Angels in Anaheim his next time out on Wednesday.
May 29 - 10:19 PM

Nate Karns improved to 3-1 after holding the Yankees to two runs in five innings on Wednesday.

Karns struck out six and threw 92 pitches before the Rays decided to turn it over to the bullpen. Xavier Cedeno, Brandon Gomes, Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger combined to pitch four scoreless innings from there. Karns is looking like a solid AL-only pitcher, allowing two runs or fewer in six of his eight starts.
May 13 - 10:24 PM

Nate Karns pitched brilliantly against the Rangers on Friday, tossing seven innings of two-run ball and striking out nine in the 8-2 win.

Karns was shutting out the Rangers until the eighth inning, but Adam Rosales led things off with a solo home run and after allowing a Shin-Soo Choo single, the 27-year-old right-hander was lifted for Xavier Cedeno. Despite losing a bit of steam near the end of the outing, it was a magnificent overall effort by Karns, who struck out nine, walked two and gave up just four hits. He now holds a 3.35 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with a 38/19 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. It's not fair to expect this kind of outing every time he takes the ball, but so long as he keeps his control issues in check, he has definite value in AL-only leagues and could start to compete for run in mixed-league play. He'll try to replicate Friday's brilliance when he takes on the Yankees in his next start.
May 8 - 11:17 PM

Nate Karns shut out the Orioles over five innings but got a no-decision when the Rays' bullpen leaked, leading to a loss on Sunday.

The Orioles only managed to record two hits and a walk while striking out four times against the right-hander. Once Karns was out of the game, the Orioles' offense came alive, scoring four times in the sixth and seventh innings. Karns has a 4.05 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 29/17 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He'll hope for a similar performance but better results his next time out, which will be at home against the Rangers.
May 3 - 4:52 PM

Nate Karns pitched well on Monday, but couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, earning a no-decision as the Rays fell to the Yankees.

Karns had racked up a lot of pitches and appeared to tire towards the end of his outing. He got two quick outs, but walked Steven Drew, allowed an infield single to Didi Gregorius, and walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before giving way to reliever Brandon Gomes. Gomes allowed one of Karns' runners to score with a walk of his own. Overall, Karns allowed the one run on three hits and two walks while fanning five. Walks continue to be an issue for the right-hander, as he has 16 of them in 28 1/3 innings. Karns will head into a road start against the Orioles with a 4.76 ERA.
Apr 27 - 10:20 PM

Nate Karns yielded five runs in six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

Karns walked four batters for the third time in four starts and gave up his fourth and fifth homers of the year. The ability is there, but until he cuts back on the walks, he'll be a liability. At this rate, he's going to lose his rotation spot to one of the Rays' rehabbing starters.
Apr 22 - 10:50 PM

Nate Karns was handed a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday after giving up two runs over five innings.

Karns only gave up two hits, but they were costly, as they both left the yard via home runs from Stephen Drew and Alex Rodriguez. He struck out seven and walked four in the no-decision and owns a 4.58 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings across his first three starts this season. The control has been shaky, but he's worth using in AL-only leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.
Apr 17 - 11:32 PM

Nate Karns earned his first win of the season after allowing two runs (one earned) over seven innings in Sunday's 8-5 win against the Marlins.

Karns was hammered by the Orioles in his first start of the season on Tuesday and rebounded nicely on Sunday. He limited the Marlins to two hits and two walks while striking out six. Karns' tour through the AL East will continue in his next start when he takes on the Yankees at home on Friday.
Apr 12 - 4:57 PM

Nathan Karns was knocked around by the Orioles Tuesday, allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings to lose his Rays debut.

Karns struggled early, allowing four runs in the first inning and two in the second before settling down. By then, the damage was done. The right-hander gave up five hits and four walks while striking out four on the evening. He'll have another tough AL East matchup when the Rays travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays on Monday.
Apr 7 - 11:10 PM

Nate Karns fanned eight while allowing one run over six innings Thursday in the Rays' 10-1 drubbing of the Phillies.

Karns gave up a homer to the third batter he faced, but he was otherwise excellent. An underdog in the battle for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation at the beginning of camp, he's now scheduled to start the second game of the regular season against the Orioles. He's worth trying in AL-only leagues.
Apr 2 - 4:57 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Marc Krauss
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Alex Colome
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Andrew Bellatti
9Preston Guilmet
10C.J. Riefenhauser