Nationals vs Giants 6/11 Lineup and Preview

1400266949989 The Washington Nationals came into San Francisco on Monday ready to play the best team in baseball in a four game series and after two games the Nationals are playing like they are the best team in baseball. The Nationals blew out the Giants in the first game 9-2 and then grinded out a 2-1 nail bitter on Tuesday now the Nationals will look to stay the hottest team in baseball for tonight’s game as they still look to take over the lead in the NL East from the Atlanta Braves. Read more about Nationals vs Giants 6/11 Lineup and Preview

Nationals vs Rangers 6/1 Lineup and Preview

Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark

The Washington Nationals have had an offensive outpour in the past two games against the Texas Rangers as they have started out the three game series with a 9-2 win followed by a 10-2 win however the Nationals will need every run they can scrounge up today as they will be facing one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, Yu Darvish. Read more about Nationals vs Rangers 6/1 Lineup and Preview

Washington Nationals vs Oakland Athletics 5/10 Lineup and Preview

100px-Washington_Nationals_logo_svgThe Washington Nationals will look to even up the series against the Oakland Athletics a day after they suffer a shellacking that resulted in them losing eight to zero. The Nationals will try to bounce back with Tanner Roark on the mound, who is two starts removed from his complete game, and he will almost need to duplicate such a game as his counterpart is Sonny Gray. Gray is off to a record pacing start to the season with an ERA of 1.91 and a record of 4-1. Against Gray every at bat will count and the Nationals will need to learn how to hit at the spacious Oakland Coliseum if they wish to tie this series up. Read more about Washington Nationals vs Oakland Athletics 5/10 Lineup and Preview

Nationals First Inning Struggles Continue

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25)Well it was all set up for the Nationals to take over first place from the Atlanta Braves last night. The Braves went onto to lose their fifth game in a row, as they loss to the San Francisco Giants 3-1.  Tanner Roark, fresh off his best start in his career, on the mound against the sub .500 Philadelphia Phillies and then the bottom of the first inning came and went and saw the Nationals down 3-0 before Manager Matt Williams could blink.

If this was a once in a while occurrence of the Nationals getting down early maybe it could be over looked and Nationals fans could head into Sunday’s rubber game with their head held high looking forward to the rest of the season but it isn’t. In fact for the second game in a row the Nationals were down 3-0 before their own clean-up hitter could even see a pitch.

The most disturbing part of the Nationals two games in a row being down 3-0 is it is more than just two freak occurrences it has now become a trend. Read more about Nationals First Inning Struggles Continue

Nationals vs Phillies 5/3/2014 Lineup and Things to Watch

100px-Washington_Nationals_logo_svgThis is Washington Nationals that were favorites to win the World Series this year as well as last year, currently 0.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East with a record of 17-12 and ranked 8th in the latest ESPN power ranking list. But with the Nationals continued struggles against the Braves they are going to have to beat the rest of the teams in the division to get enough of a lead over the Braves so their repeated losses to them do not cost them a chance in this year’s playoffs, like it did last year.

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Player Profiles: Tanner Roark

Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark

 

Coming off a complete game shutout on April 26 against the San Diego Padres, Tanner Roark thrust himself into the spotlight and into what looks like the permanent starting rotation for the Washington Nationals. But it wasn’t all such a bright future for the 27 year old right hander.

Born on October 5, 1986 in Wilmington, Illinois, Tanner’s sports career started when he played one season with the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League for the 2008 season. To say the least he struggled, in just three games he pitched 9 2/3 innings while giving up 23 hits as well as 25 runs, which comes to an astounding ERA of 21.41.
Even with his dreadful start for the Miners he would be drafted in the 25th round of the 2008 Amateur Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. Then in July 2010 he was traded to the Nationals for Cristian Guzman, Guzman was traded due to the arrival of the now starting shortstop Ian Desmond. Read more about Player Profiles: Tanner Roark