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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 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

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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

Tanner Roark was roughed up by the Mets on Saturday, surrendering four runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Roark has given up nine runs and three homers in 5 2/3 innings this spring, but it's early enough that it still wouldn't be much of a concern even if the Nationals were counting on him as a starting pitcher.
Mar 14 - 5:34 PM

Tanner Roark surrendered two runs in two innings of relief Monday against the Braves.

Roark gave up a homer to Eric Young Jr. that accounted for all of Atlanta's scoring on the day. A 15-game winner in 2014, he'll be part of the Nationals pen this year, at least until someone gets hurt.
Mar 9 - 5:11 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams hinted Saturday that Tanner Roark could be used in a variety of roles during the 2015 season.

While he's currently working as a starter, he's the sixth man in the rotation mix and likely to be squeezed out barring an injury or trade. While the logical assumption is that he'd be the long man in the bullpen, Williams likes how his stuff plays up in short late-inning appearances.
Feb 21 - 3:11 PM

Tanner Roark will pitch out of the bullpen in the NLDS.

Roark had an exceptional regular season, posting a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 198 2/3 innings, but the Nationals will roll with a four-man rotation of Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, and Gio Gonzalez in their best-of-five Division Series versus the Giants.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 03:30:00 PM

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that "all indications" are that Tanner Roark will be used out of the bullpen in the NLDS.

It's a testament to how talented the Nationals' rotation is, as Roark isn't able to crack the starting staff despite putting up a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while winning 15 games. Roark could possibly join the rotation later in the postseason, but most likely it would take an injury for that to happen. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will hold down the team's four rotation spots.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 07:53:00 PM

Tanner Roark improved to 15-10, limiting the Mets to two runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Nationals hung on to win on Tuesday.

Roark didn't have the swing-and-miss stuff working -- he registered only one strikeout -- but was still able to handle the Mets adroitly. The right-hander scattered five hits without issuing a walk. In the process, he maintained his ERA at 2.85 and now has a 1.09 WHIP with a 138/39 K/BB ratio. Roark is on track to make his final start of the season at home on Sunday against the Marlins.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:12:00 PM

Tanner Roark hurled seven shutout innings against the Braves on Tuesday as the Nationals clinched the NL East division.

The slumping Braves couldn't get anything going against Roark, as the right-hander scattered five hits -- all singles -- while striking out four and walking none. The Nationals, at 87-63, are the first team in baseball to clinch their division. Roark will go into two weeks of meaningless baseball with a 2.85 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio. He'll start next against the Marlins on the road on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Tanner Roark gave up 11 hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Dustin Ackley proved to be Roark's bugaboo, driving in all four runs against the right-hander. The big blow was a three-run homer in the fifth inning. The loss was Roark's second in a row, dropping him to 12-9 with a still-pristine 2.91 ERA. He'll try to get back in the win column Friday against the Phillies.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 08:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Wilmer Difo
4Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Michael Taylor
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Felipe Rivero
7Blake Treinen
8Taylor Hill
9Sammy Solis
10Taylor Jordan