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Tanner Roark | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tanner Roark allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings of relief Saturday against the Giants.
Roark entered the game in the fourth inning after Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent side injury. He pitched well under the circumstances, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out three. The Nationals stretched him out to 61 pitches, so he's an obvious alternative for the rotation if Strasburg needs a stint on the DL. It's also possible that Joe Ross could be called back up from the minors. It's nice to have quality options. Jul 4 - 2:38 PM

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Tanner Roark took a beating, yielding eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

Death by singles. 11 of the 12 hits Roark allowed were of the one-base variety, but the Phillies did a good job of bunching them up, plating four runs in each of the second and fourth innings. Roark also walked one without recording a strikeout. He should return to the Nationals' bullpen after this effort. He has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 26/11 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
Jun 28 - 9:42 PM

Tanner Roark will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.25 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 26/10 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings on the season. He should make for a nice streaming option against the struggling Phillies offense.
Jun 28 - 4:38 PM

Nationals activated RHP Tanner Roark from the paternity leave list.

He was away for a few days while his wife gave birth. Roark is expected to shift back into a relief role.
Jun 21 - 11:18 AM

Nationals placed RHP Tanner Roark on the paternity leave list.

His wife is due to give birth on Saturday. With Doug Fister already back and Stephen Strasburg (trap) due back next week, Roark could move back into a relief role when he returns.
Jun 19 - 3:41 PM

Tanner Roark limited the Rays to one run over seven innings of work, easily picking up the win in the Nationals' 16-4 rout on Tuesday.

That's about as easy as it gets. Roark scattered six hits and a walk while striking out four. The Rays' lone run came in the fifth inning when the Rays hit a double and a single followed by an RBI ground out. In five starts since rejoining the Nats' rotation, the right-hander has a 3.86 ERA. He'll vie for his third win of the season at home against the Pirates.
Jun 16 - 10:57 PM

Tanner Roark surrendered five runs in 6 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Brewers.

Tanner Roark pitched well in his first two starts in place of Doug Fister, but the last two haven't been so great, even though they've come with more strikeouts. He's fanned 10 while allowing nine runs in 12 1/3 innings his last two times out. Prior to that, he had struck out 11 and allowed nine runs in 31 1/3 innings on the season.
Jun 11 - 11:57 PM

Tanner Roark racked up six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in Friday's victory over the Cubs.

Roark didn't issue a walk on the evening, but did surrender four runs on six hits. Anthony Rizzo inflicted most of the damage himself, blasting a pair of home runs and driving home three. Continuing to fill in admirably for the injured Doug Fister, Roark now boasts a 3.16 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 17/8 K/BB ratio across 37 innings on the season. He'll take on the Brewers in Milwaukee his next time out on Thursday.
Jun 5 - 10:08 PM

Tanner Roark pitched well in a no-decision, allowing two runs in six innings of work in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Both runs came on solo home runs from Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips in the fourth and fifth innings. The right-hander gave up only four hits total while walking two and striking out one. Roark is back in the Nats' rotation following Doug Fister's injury and has performed well, yielding three runs in 11 innings in two starts thus far. He'll get the Cubs at Wrigley Field his next time out.
May 31 - 4:22 PM

In his first start back in the Nationals' rotation, Tanner Roark fired five innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Taking the place of the injured Doug Fister (forearm) in the rotation, Roark held the Cubs to three hits and one walk while striking out three. He threw 66 pitches, which is right about where the Nationals were planning to cut him off for his first start back. Roark isn't going to amass a ton of strikeouts -- he averaged just 6.25 K/9 last year -- but he should be mixed league relevant as a starter. The NL East is full of light-hitting teams.
May 25 - 5:11 PM

Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals on Monday against the Cubs.

That will push Jordan Zimmermann back a day until Tuesday and line Roark up for a pair of starts next week. He'll occupy the spot in the Nationals rotation until the ailing Doug Fister returns and is certainly worth a look in all mixed leagues.
May 23 - 1:37 PM

Tanner Roark is expected to start either on Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs.

With Doug Fister (elbow) out indefinitely, it appears the Nationals are ready to move Roark back into the rotation. He hasn't pitched in five days, but he faced hitters on Friday and is expected to be able to get to 70 pitches during his start. The owner of a career 2.70 ERA over 36 starts, Roark should be scooped up in fantasy leagues where he remains unowned.
May 22 - 4:25 PM

Tanner Roark picked up his first career save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's comeback win against the Marlins.

Regular closer Drew Storen had pitched on back-to-back days and manager Matt Williams didn't want to make it three in a row, so Roark took the mound with a two-run lead after the Nationals stormed for four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Roark worked around a one-out single from Dee Gordon to close out the ballgame. The right-hander has a 3.21 ERA and a 3/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season, pitching mostly as a middle reliever. Save opportunities should continue to be a rarity for Roark.
May 4 - 9:55 PM

Tanner Roark retired all five Yankees he faced Friday, striking out two of them.

Roark has been awfully shaky out of the bullpen, and it remains to be seen whether the Nationals will trust him in close games early on. This one helps, but he still ends the spring with a 7.71 ERA and five homers surrendered in 14 innings.
Apr 3 - 4:33 PM

Tanner Roark pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out three in relief Sunday against the Tigers.

The Nationals are trying to balance their desire to keep Roark stretched out in case a starter goes down with their need to get him accustomed to relief work. This was the first time he's come into a game mid-inning, and he was also pitching on just two days' rest after making his previous two appearances on four days' rest. After opening the spring with a 14.29 ERA, he's pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings his last two times out.
Mar 22 - 5:53 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Matt den Dekker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Casey Janssen
3Aaron Barrett
4Matt Thornton
5Tanner Roark
6David Carpenter
7Blake Treinen
8Felipe Rivero
9Craig Stammen