Rays 5/29/15 Starting Lineup
Souza Jr. RF
— Marc Topkin writes, the big growth in (Nathan) Karns has been a concerted effort to limit walks. He walked four batters in three of his first four starts, posting a 7.02 ERA in those three games.
Since then, Karns, 27, said he has learned to throw more strikes by not fearing hits. He hasn’t walked more than two batters in a game since April 22 and has a 2.30 ERA in that stretch.
I’m not making the mistakes I did at the beginning of the year, Karns said. I’m kind of growing and kind of understanding how this game works at this level. I’m starting to get real comfortable out there. I’m not trying to miss barrels anymore. I’m pitching my game. Whether they hit it or not, I’m sticking to it, whereas sometimes earlier in my career, I was a little more timid.
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