Jeff Karstens returns to PNC Park tonight. Philadelphia fans…you’ve been warned. He pitched well in two starts, both seven innings, against a better Phillies lineup last season. After an offseason preparing to be a starter rather than a reliever, Karstens was solid throughout spring training.
His mound opponent tonight is left hander Cliff Lee. He also had a nice spring, posting 20 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. He held the Bucs scoreless on March 27 over six innings.
We heard Karstens said “who’s that,” when reporters asked him about his matchup with the Cy Young third place finisher Lee. Yeah, Karstens is funny, too.
Game over, Phillies offense. Game over.