Nate Karns

Playing A Little Pepper

Wow. What an impressive debut from Nate Karns. Things looked shaky at first. Karns walked 2 of the first 4 batters he faced and hit one of the others with a curveball that came out early. First game, first inning nerves? Apparently. Because once he settled down he looked great. After those first 4 batters, he retired 19 of the last 22 batters he faced and one of the three to reach base was an easy bouncing ball that Yunel Escobar booted. Karns finished with 7 innings, 8 strikeouts and just 2 hits and 2 walks…Speaking of Escobar. He has now been worth -10.8 runs defensively compared to an average shortstop. That is, the Rays would have given up ~11 fewer runs this season with an average player at short…Down on the Farm [boxscore] The Durham Bulls were one out away from winning the Governors’ Cup final last night, but Adam Liberatore gave up a 2-out, game-tying single in the 9th inning. The Bulls nearly won the Cup in the bottom of the 10th on Mikie Mahtook’s single but Cole Figueroa was thrown out at home. In the top of the 13th, Jake Thompson gave up a go ahead home run and despite getting a runner to second in the bottom of the 13th with just 1 out, the Bulls were unable to score and the series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 is tonight in Durham.

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3 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    If the Rays are looking for more offense (as they should be) moving Zobrist to short is the obvious answer. You will get better defense and a much better bat with another outfielder. Too bad Escobar is not playing for the A's.

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    • Political_Man says:

      I'm not so sure about short but definitely Zobrist to 2nd makes a lot of sense to me. It's obvious that we are going to need a healthy and productive Wil Myers and a more productive Evan Longoria.

      It's clear this team needs some speed, one other big bat in the lineup and some help in the bullpen. Problem is I'm not sure where that is going to come from.

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  2. Chris Wise says:

    Glad everyone loved Karns' debut. Could have cost the Bulls the Governors' Cup, though. He was supposed to have pitched in Durham last night. Now the Bulls are going into the championship game without a starting pitcher and a depleted bullpen.

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