Tanner Roark is coming off of his worst start in years where he was pulled after only 2 2/3 innings and only 69 pitches. Roark has been the least efficient pitcher in baseball in 2017, and maybe it all started with the World Baseball Classic and the change in his pre-season routine. Maybe it was due to a career high 125 pitches as the calendar turned from April to May. Yes, Tanner Roark has been fighting his mechanics. His two-seam swingback fastball which is one of his must-have pitches hasn’t been moving and unfortunately has been grooving in the wrong spots. Some thought Roark is hurting and needed a DL move — who knows. He sort of got a break 6 days ago when he threw 36 less pitches than his average of 105 pitches per game this year, and Roark got an extra rest day due to the Thursday team scheduled day-off.
For the Nationals, they need a healthy and productive Tanner Roark as the pitching depth down on the farm is thin with A.J. Cole as the next man up. We all hope today is the day that Roark figures it out in his 5th start this month where his ERA for the month of June stands at 8.02 before 1st pitch today. Continue reading