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Tanner Roark | Starting Pitcher | #57

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 234
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 25 (0) / TEX
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Tanner Roark couldn't make it through five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS on Sunday, surrendering two runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Roark also issued three free passes while striking out only one. Corey Seager tagged him for a solo shot in the first inning, then Josh Reddick added an RBI single in the third. Nationals manager Dusty Baker yanked the right-hander after allowing a pair of singles in the fifth inning, calling on Marc Rzepczynski who escaped the inning without allowing a run. Roark could be called upon again on short rest should the series go to a decisive fifth game. Oct 9 - 5:05 PM

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The Nationals will start Tanner Roark in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

The Dodgers' struggles against left-handers are well documented, but the Nats have decided to simply go with their better pitcher in tabbing Roark ahead of Gio Gonzalez. He'll square off against southpaw Rich Hill. Gonzalez will get the ball in Game 3 on Monday in Los Angeles.
Oct 7 - 10:43 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that he's "unsettled" about who will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Baker is deciding between right-hander Tanner Roark and left-hander Gio Gonzalez for the assignment. Roark easily had the better season between the two of them, but the Dodgers have struggled miserably against left-handed pitching this season.
Oct 4 - 2:34 PM

Tanner Roark allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Marlins on Saturday.

Roark gave up just three hits while walking four in the outing. The win improved him to 16-10, the second time in his career he's won at least 15 games in a season. The 29-year-old finishes the 2016 season with a 2.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, and unlike after his 15-win season in 2014, there's no question Roark will be an important part of the Nationals' rotation moving forward.
Oct 1 - 8:14 PM

Tanner Roark wasn't sharp Monday, yielding five runs over four frames in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Things were moving along swimmingly initially, as Roark retired the first nine batters in order. He then fell apart in the fourth inning, serving up a couple home runs among four hits while also walking a batter in a five-run inning. Roark will have a final tune-up outing this weekend against the Marlins.
Sep 26 - 11:50 PM

Tanner Roark was saddled with a tough-luck loss Tuesday after tossing seven frames of one-run ball against the Marlins.

Roark struck out five while allowing just three hits and three walks, but Giancarlo Stanton got to him with a solo homer and that's all it took with Jose Fernandez dealing for the Fish. Roark has given up only four total runs over his last five starts, lowering his season ERA to 2.70. He'll face the Diamondbacks next time out.
Sep 20 - 9:34 PM

Tanner Roark was magnificent in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Mets, firing seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits.

Roark was spotty with his control -- he walked four on the afternoon and threw just 56 of his 101 pitches for strikes-- but managed to keep the Mets off the scoreboard nonetheless. This was his ninth start of seven scoreless innings, most in the majors. The 29-year-old right-hander has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last four starts. For the season as a whole, he has pitched to a 2.75 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 157/65 K/BB ratio over 193 1/3 innings. A road showdown with the Marlins shows next on his schedule.
Sep 14 - 6:40 PM

Tanner Roark gave up just one run in six innings while punching out eight in a no-decision effort versus the Phillies on Friday.

The stickless Phillies have a habit of making opposing pitchers look like world-beaters and tonight was no exception. Freddy Galvis' RBI single in the fourth inning provided the only dent in Roark's performance. He was in line for a win until his bullpen blew the lead late in the game. He has a marvelous 2.85 ERA with 150 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings. He will take his 14-8 record into Wednesday's tilt with the division-rival Mets.
Sep 9 - 11:27 PM

Tanner Roark allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets on Saturday.

Roark wasn't terrible, giving up four hits and walking four in the outing, but efficiency wasn't his strong suit, as he needed 96 pitches to get through his five innings. The loss moved him to 14-8 on the year with a still-strong 2.89 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The 29-year-old will have a good shot at collecting another win when he squares off with the Phillies on Thursday.
Sep 3 - 11:21 PM

Tanner Roark yielded only four hits and one walk across seven shutout innings in Monday's 4-0 victory over the Phillies.

All four base hits were singles, and Roark recorded five strikeouts. The Phils never advanced past second base against the right-hander all night. It's the eighth time this season that Roark has gone seven or more scoreless innings in a start this season, which is the highest total in the big leagues. He'll bring a 2.87 ERA into New York against the Mets this weekend.
Aug 29 - 10:20 PM

Tanner Roark was charged with five runs -- four earned -- in five innings and got hit with a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He gave up seven hits and walked three while fanning four in the ballgame. He struggled to throw strikes and the patient Oriole hitters caused him to rack up 111 pitches in just five frames. Roark's stats will take a hit after this one but they still look good for the season. He has a 13-7 record with a 2.99 ERA in 169 1/3 innings.
Aug 24 - 11:57 PM

Tanner Roark logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday, allowing three runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Roark walked three and struck out three on the night. He held the Braves scoreless through the first five innings until Ender Inciarte's two-run blast in the sixth broke up his bid for a shutout. The right-hander has been an important and often underrated part of the Nationals rotation this season, pitching to a 2.87 ERA and 1.16 WHIP across 163 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Orioles his next time out on Wednesday.
Aug 19 - 11:36 PM

Tanner Roark twirled seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Nationals' defeat of the Braves.

Roark scattered five hits -- one double, four singles -- over his seven dominant frames. The one run he gave up came on an Erick Aybar RBI single in the top of the third inning. Roark went seven scoreless innings in his last start against the Giants and now boasts a 2.81 ERA for the year. He'll try to keep it rolling next time out against this same Braves club.
Aug 14 - 4:28 PM

Tanner Roark excelled in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Giants, firing seven innings of shutout ball.

Roark scattered five hits, walked three and struck out five. The performance looks even shinier given his opponent -- one Mr. Madison Bumgarner. He finished the afternoon having thrown 105 pitches (60 strikes). This season, the 29-year-old right-hander has served as a strong piece in the mid-rotation backbone while pitching to a 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 124/46 K/BB ratio (150 innings) behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. A very winnable home start against the Braves shows next on his schedule.
Aug 7 - 6:09 PM

Tanner Roark got the job done in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Roark surrendered a pair of home runs on the evening, with Yasmany Tomas and Jake Lamb connecting for solo dingers in the second and sixth innings. He holds a 3.02 ERA and 1.17 WHIP for the season as a whole and has allowed more than three runs just three times in his last 10 starts. A home outing against the Giants shows next on his schedule.
Aug 3 - 1:32 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Danny Espinosa
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Trea Turner
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Reynaldo Lopez
8Lucas Giolito
9Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Oliver Perez
4Sammy Solis
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Rafael Martin
8Matt Grace
9Jimmy Cordero
10Derek Eitel
11Braulio Lara
12Dustin Antolin