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What is wrong with Tanner Roark?

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  • _sturt_
    From write-up after his last outing:

    ...He got punched in the face again this afternoon, and got off to another rough start in the finale with the Cincinnati Reds.

    Roark gave up a double to the right-center field gap on his second pitch he threw, with Billy Hamilton lining a double to right-center. Scooter Gennett hit a 94 mph 2-2 fastball to short left field in the next at bat, bringing Hamilton in for a 1-0 lead in the opening frame of the series finale with the Reds.

    Gennett scored on a single to right by Joey Votto when Bryce Harper’s throw in from right to third base hit the runner and shot into foul territory, 2-0

    Votto scored on a force at second base, and a two-out, two-run double to right field by Tucker Barnhart on a 92 mph 2-2 two-seamer was just out of Bryce Harper’s reach, and it put the Reds up 5-0 in what ended up a 40-pitch first by Roark.

    It was 6-0 Cincinnati after Gennett hit a 2-2 slider out to right field in the second.

    Roark settled in after the home run, and needed 36 pitches to get through innings 2-4 after the 40-pitch first, and he stranded two in a 22-pitch fifth that pushed him up to 98 total after five.

    He came back out for one more inning, working around a one-out single in an 18-pitch frame that left him at 116 overall.

    Tanner Roark’s Line: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR, 116 P, 79 S, 4/4 GO/FO.

    “In that first inning they hit some seeing eye balls that were just out of reach,” Dusty Baker said, after what ended up a 6-2 loss.

    “Everything was just out of reach, or [an] infield hit. Bryce made a great effort on that ball and that’s the third out, and they come out of there with probably two.

    “Then he settled down in the middle innings and found his control cause he didn’t have his real good control, but he had good enough [control] to get out of that inning had it not been [for] those seeing eye balls. There’s nothing you can do about those balls that find holes, but he threw the ball better today than the score indicated.”

    “I’ll build off this one and keep chugging along,” Roark said, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr after the game.

    Baker was asked if all the two-strike hits and the struggles putting batters away were indicative of any particular problems Roark was having.

    “When you don’t have your pinpoint control,” Baker said, “and mainly his comeback fastball especially against the lefties on the inside and the slider the away, it’s frustrating for him and frustrating for us, but more for him, because he knows how close he is to getting his self together, especially when you have two strikes.

    “The whole league, with two strikes — nobody hits better with two strikes, but they’re, like I said, they’re finding some holes.”

    “Roark has pitched well against and he’s got good stuff,” Reds’ skipper Bryan Price told reporters after Cincinnati avoided getting swept. “He had the really good slider going today, fastball/changeup, had a nice mix, a curveball, and we were able to get a five-run inning, that was big. Barnhart kind of with the final touch there with the two-run double to add those two add-on runs, and then be able to do it again — for Gennett to hit the home run to make it six after two are important runs.”

    “We had some action coming back,” Baker said. “We had some runners on base, we just couldn’t get the couple big hits that we needed.”
    I was thinking the same thing that Dusty said.

    If we're still dealing with this kind of thing after his next 2-3 starts, I'll have to eat some crow, but, me, I think he's not that far away.

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  • Steve Jeltz
    started a topic What is wrong with Tanner Roark?

    What is wrong with Tanner Roark?

    Should the Nats be concerned about Roark? Roark is 1-3 this month and has seen his ERA rise to over 5 runs a game. Is this just a slump or is there something else going on? Maybe an injury? On top of the bullpen problems, the last thing Washington needs is one of their starters hitting the skids.

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