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Tanner Roark | Starting Pitcher | #57

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 229
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 25 (0) / TEX
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Nationals manager Dusty Baker hinted Wednesday that Tanner Roark could start a potential NLDS Game 5 against the Cubs.
It all depends on what pitchers are needed Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Roark was originally scheduled to start Game 4 of the NLDS for the Nationals, but Tuesday's rainout allowed the club to pivot to Stephen Strasburg. Baker said he would like to avoid using Roark on Wednesday, setting him up to start a loser-goes-home tilt on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Max Scherzer is available in relief in Game 4, but if he doesn't make an appearance on Wednesday we will definitely see him at some point in Game 5. Gio Gonzalez is also an option to start Thursday. Oct 11 - 2:17 PM

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Tanner Roark will work out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday versus the Cubs.

Roark had been in line to start this game, but Tuesday's rainout allowed the Nationals to pivot to Stephen Strasburg, whose flu-like symptoms have apparently cleared up. Max Scherzer is also thought to be available in relief for Washington on Wednesday.
Oct 11 - 12:52 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he will stick with Tanner Roark in Wednesday's postponed NLDS Game 4 against the Cubs.

Tuesday night's rainout gave Baker the opportunity to push Stephen Strasburg into action for Wednesday's crucial Game 4 at Wrigley Field, but Baker told reporters after the postponement announcement that Strasburg is a little "under the weather." Roark will face off against Jake Arrieta, who is staying on schedule for the host Cubs. Chicago leads 2-1 in the best-of-five National League Division Series.
Oct 10 - 6:45 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he hasn't decided whether Tanner Roark or Stephen Strasburg would start if Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs is rained out on Tuesday.

Roark is currently lined up to start on Tuesday, but Strasburg would be on regular rest if Game 4 is pushed back to Wednesday. Strasburg is the obvious choice for a must-win game, but Baker is seemingly being purposely vague on the situation.
Oct 10 - 3:21 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Tanner Roark will start Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday as long as he's not needed in relief in Game 3.

There wasn't really a decision to be made here. Roark will be opposed by Jake Arrieta (hamstring) in Game 4 after Max Scherzer and Jose Quitana go up against each other in Game 3.
Oct 8 - 3:51 PM

Tanner Roark was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

He struggled to get the ball over the dish, walking five batters and surrendering seven hits. He gave up three runs in the second inning and three more in the fifth before being yanked after burning through 104 pitches in the brief start. He falls to 13-11 with a 4.59 ERA and 1.32 WHIP after 30 starts.
Sep 28 - 1:09 AM

Tanner Roark allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings in a loss to the Braves on Thursday.

Roark struck out seven without walking a batter, but a couple of well-timed hits gave the Braves three runs, and the Nats could only find two against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and company. The loss dropped him to 13-10 through 30 appearances (29 starts) with a 4.41 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. The 30-year-old should have a few more starts left on his docket before the postseason, with the next coming Tuesday against the Phillies.
Sep 22 - 12:11 AM

Tanner Roark kept the Braves to two runs over six innings, striking out seven, in a win Thursday.

The University of Illinois alum gave up just four hits, including a two-run homer to Ozzie Albies that accounted for all the scoring against him, while walking one against his seven strikeouts. He's now won four of his last five starts to improve to 13-9 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 29 games overall. He'll have another shot at the same Braves team -- or they'll have another shot at them -- when the two sides meet up on Wednesday.
Sep 14 - 11:23 PM

Tanner Roark allowed three runs over six innings, striking out six, in a win over the Phillies on Thursday.

Roark gave up single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings -- including a pair of solo homers -- but avoided crooked numbers and held on long enough for his offense to provide him some support. Roark gave up seven hits and walked one along with the six strikeouts. The 30-year-old improved to 12-9 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 27 starts, but that's deceptive -- he's now delivered quality starts in eight of his 10 outings since the All-Star break after a forgettable first half. Roark will look to keep rolling Wednesday against the Braves.
Sep 7 - 10:41 PM

Tanner Roark was handed the tough-luck loss Friday after allowing one run over seven innings against the Brewers.

Roark struck out 10 batters and nearly matched Jimmy Nelson pitch-for-pitch, but the difference in the ballgame was a solo homer from Neil Walker in the first inning. He gave up five hits in all while walking just one (intentional) walk. While Roark has underwhelmed on the whole this year with a 4.48 ERA, he has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six straight starts. He’ll try to make that seven in a row with a start against the Marlins next time out.
Sep 1 - 11:58 PM

Tanner Roark earned his 11th victory of the season on Sunday, striking out nine over six innings of three-run ball against the Mets.

Roark surrendered just five hits on the night and didn't issue a walk. After putting up zeroes through the first five innings, the Mets got to him for three runs in the sixth, keyed by a two-run blast from Brandon Nimmo. Roark now sports a 4.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 131/55 K/B ratio through 149 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to extend his winning streak to three when he squares off against the Brewers on Friday in Milwaukee.
Aug 27 - 11:32 PM

Tanner Roark earned his 10th victory of the season on Tuesday, limiting the Astros to three runs (two earned) on six hits across 5 2/3 innings.

Roark piled up seven strikeouts on the night while issuing just one free pass. Josh Reddick inflicted most of the damage against him with a pair of RBI singles. Roark will carry a 4.64 ERA and 1.36 WHIP into Sunday night's start against the Mets.
Aug 23 - 1:18 AM

Tanner Roark allowed three earned runs over seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

Roark only allowed four hits, but two of those were home runs and the Nationals couldn't generate much offense in the 3-2 afternoon defeat in Washington, D.C. Roark will bring a 9-8 record and 4.70 ERA into his next scheduled start on the road versus the AL West-leading Astros.
Aug 16 - 4:12 PM

Tanner Roark allowed four hits and walked five but limited the Marlins to two runs over six innings Thursday.

Despite ducks on the pond all night, a two-run home run by Giancarlo Stanton in the third inning was the only damage against Roark on the night. The quality start was his fourth in his last five outings. Roark has really turned it around after a mostly disastrous first half, and his 4.74 ERA through 23 appearances still shows the effects of that poor start. The 30-year-old will meet up with the American League West his next time out, facing the Angels on Wednesday.
Aug 10 - 10:51 PM

Tanner Roark held the Cubs to two runs across 6 1/3 innings of work in a 4-2 win Friday.

Roark held the Cubbies off the scoreboard for the first six innings before he gave up a Kyle Schwarber double and Javier Baez home run in the seventh. Still, it was a nice effort even if his day ended with a whimper. He walked three but allowed just five hits on the day while striking out four. Roark has rebounded from a rough June with a 3.38 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 29 1/3 frames since the beginning of July. He faces the Marlins next.
Aug 4 - 6:01 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Raudy Read
4Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
3Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6A.J. Cole
7Erick Fedde
8Joe Ross
9Jefry Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis
12Austin Adams
13Wander Suero