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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 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

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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

The Nationals have no plans at this point to skip Tanner Roark's turn in the rotation in order to keep his innings down.

Roark has already thrown a career-high 166 2/3 frames and is on pace to best his previous high by nearly 50 innings. Manager Matt Williams said the club will "within the game or within his start, try to help him out if we can," but it doesn't appear he'll be skipped. Roark holds a 2.81 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this season.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 09:44:00 PM

Tanner Roark was excellent on Wednesday, shutting the D'Backs out in seven innings, but was left with a no-decision.

Roark was in line for the win, but reliever Tyler Clippard forked over the Nats' two-run lead in the eighth. Roark gave up five hits and a walk while striking out two in the effort. He has been a rock for the NL East-leading Nationals, sporting a 2.80 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and a 118/36 K/BB ratio. He'll make his next start in Philadelphia on Monday.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:30:00 PM

Tanner Roark allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a 5-4 win over the Pirates.

Roark gave up five hits and two walks on the night while notching four strikeouts. All three runs scored in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer from Starling Marte. One of the bigger surprises in the National League this season, Roark owns a 12-7 record to go along with a 2.93 ERA and 116/35 K/BB ratio over 153 2/3 innings. He'll face the Diamondbacks at home in a favorable matchup next week.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:34:00 PM

Tanner Roark pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Braves on Saturday.

Roark has allowed exactly one run over seven innings in each of his last five starts versus NL teams (with a less successful outing against the Orioles mixed in there). For the season, he's allowed one or no runs 12 times in 23 starts. That's tied with Garrett Richards and Clayton Kershaw for second most in the majors, one behind Adam Wainwright.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 02:39:00 AM

Tanner Roark delivered seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Nationals' 4-3 defeat of the Marlins.

It was another terrific outing from the 27-year-old right-hander, who is now 11-6 on the season with a 2.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Roark allowed only three Miami hits and two walks while striking out seven. Drew Storen nearly blew it in the ninth inning -- yielding two runs on a walk and three hits -- but he managed to close it out for his first save of the season. Roark will face the Orioles at home next.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 04:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

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