Game Post 8/11
Series preview is here.
Saturday: 3:05 pm CT on FS1/ABC-7/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Tanner Roark: In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (92mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (92mph), Curve (75mph), Change (84mph) and Slider (85mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (90mph).
His sinker has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His curvehas an exceptional bite, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His change has a lot of backspin and has slight armside fade. His slider has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His cutter generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, has good "rise", results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has slightly above average velo.
Sam's Notes: By this point you know the deal with Roark, and the way he mispronounces his last name. He's going to pump fastballs into the zone, and occasionally feature a curve. He doesn't do anything particularly well except get out there every fifth day, which in baseball terms makes him a "gamer." How have the Nats not moved on from this guy yet?
Final Thoughts: Ben Zobrist is resting, so Albert Almora plays and bats 9th. David Bote hits clean up, his defense has been outstanding. The offense has stalled a bit, today is good time for a breakout. Jon Lester has struggled in the second half. A good start Saturday can earn a series win.