The Mariners traded for Nathan Karns last offseason with the hope that he could step into the rotation and improve his control to eat up more innings. Although he won a spot as a starter out of spring training, the uptick in control didn't come with it. Even during the first two months of the season when he held a solid 3.43 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, his BB/9 sat at 3.3; a slight improvement, but still rather unsightly. Things only went down from there, as he walked nearly six batters per nine innings over the next two months while his ERA climbed to 5.15, earning him a demotion to the bullpen. Things got worse, as his season came to an end abruptly in late July due to a back injury. Karns' strikeout ability was as good as advertised (9.6 K/9) and he showed flashes of excellence, but his inconsistency and lack of control could keep him from becoming a reliable starter in the big leagues. He'll compete for a rotation spot in Kansas City after a January trade to the Royals.
Karns (0-2) surrendered four runs on seven hits while striking out five batters over six innings during Wednesday's loss to Chicago. Karns has allowed 10 runs through 10.2 innings over his past two starts and sports a 6.26 ERA for the season. He flashed potential during his rookie campaign in 2015 with a 3.67 ERA and 8.9 K/9, but he couldn't stick in the Seattle rotation last year and pitched out of the bullpen over the final two months of the season. It's probably best to wait for Karns to string together a few solid outings before relying on him in most fantasy settings.
Karns (0-1) gave up six runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over 4.2 innings in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers. Four of those five hits left the yard, as Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each took Karns deep twice. It was a typically inefficient outing for the right-hander, who threw 59 of 100 pitches for strikes, and his 6.35 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 17 innings so far are well earned given his 14:9 K:BB and 2.7 HR/9. Karns will try to turn things around Wednesday on the road against the White Sox.
Karns pitched six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three in Saturday's no-decision versus the Angels. After being blasted in a relief role on April 5, the right-hander has given up just two runs in his first two starts (11.2 innings) as a Royal. Karns allowed his lone run in the first inning Saturday before sitting down 16 of the next 17 batters he faced. He ran into trouble in the sixth, but ended his night by escaping a bases loaded jam and turning over a 2-1 lead that the bullpen immediately squandered. Karns, who's 6:4 K:BB and 1.46 WHIP suggest less impressive outings are on the way, is scheduled to make his next start Friday on the road against the Rangers.
Karns delivered 5.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three in Sunday's no-decision against the Astros. Making his first start of the campaign, Karns gave up a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first and surrendered hits to five of the first seven batters he faced in Sunday's contest. To his credit, the right-hander did a fine job tip-toeing around serious damage and found a nice groove the rest of the way. He gave up just one hit to the final 15 batters he faced. Karns' next start will be Saturday versus the Angels.
Karns came on in relief of Ian Kennedy during Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Twins, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks in 0.2 innings. Both his outs came via strikeout, but otherwise this wasn't the beginning to the campaign Karns or the Royals were hoping for. Given his past control issues, the walks weren't a good sign, but the right-hander is still set to be the team's fifth starter and will get his first turn in the rotation Sunday in Houston.
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