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Tanner Roark | Starting 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 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. Oct 2 - 3:30 PM

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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.
Sep 29 - 7:53 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.
Sep 23 - 10:12 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.
Sep 16 - 9:51 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.
Aug 31 - 8:08 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.
Aug 26 - 9:44 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.
Aug 20 - 10:30 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.
Aug 15 - 11:34 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.
Aug 10 - 2:39 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.
Jul 30 - 4:03 PM

Tanner Roark spun seven innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Reds on Friday.

Roark gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out six batters. The only run scored on an infield single from Ryan Ludwick in the fourth inning. The 27-year-old has allowed just two runs in 14 innings over his first two starts to begin the season half and leads the Nationals with 10 wins and a 2.82 ERA. Who saw that coming in April? He'll face the Marlins next week.
Jul 25 - 10:34 PM

Tanner Roark allowed just one run in seven innings Saturday as the Nationals took down the Brewers 8-3.

Roark was staked to a five-run lead in the first inning and cruised, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out five. He's now 9-6 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 90/26 K/BB ratio in 120 2/3 innings this season. The 27-year-old right-hander will try to stay hot next week at the Reds' Great American Ball Park.
Jul 19 - 10:30 PM

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

Roark was working on nine days of rest after being skipped due to a rainout Tuesday and simply cruised against a punchless Phillies lineup, yielding only four hits while racking up six strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. The 27-year-old right-hander finishes his outstanding first half with a 3.01 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 85/25 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings.
Jul 13 - 4:48 PM

Tanner Roark's next start will be pushed back to Sunday in Philadelphia following Tuesday's rainout.

He was originally scheduled to start Wednesday, but the Nationals have decided to keep everyone else on turn. Roark will be available out of the bullpen over the next couple days.
Jul 8 - 10:00 PM

Tanner Roark was charged with four runs over seven innings in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

He gave up nine hits, walked one and struck out five. Roark had allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his previous five outings before giving up four runs in consecutive starts. The right-hander still sports a nifty 3.12 ERA for the season, however. He'll take on the Orioles on the road in his final start of the first half.
Jul 4 - 2:38 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Jeff Kobernus
3Wilmer Difo
4Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
8A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Craig Stammen
4Jerry Blevins
5Matt Thornton
6Aaron Barrett
7Xavier Cedeno
8Erik Davis
9Blake Treinen
10Matt Grace
11Bruce Billings
12Heath Bell
13Mitch Lively
14Scott McGregor