The Washington Nationals only lost one game that was something of a forgettable day for everyone involved on Saturday. Fortunately, that was the only game they lost and now they go to play against a team that good this season, the Chicago Cubs. Currently, the Cubs are in 2nd place in the NL Central thanks to players like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Jake Arrieta who are all having some great seasons so far. Today, Tanner Roark will make his first start of the season against his childhood team and he will face lefty Tsuyoshi Wada in the afternoon game at Wrigley Field.
Tanner Roark has been in the bullpen all season after the Nationals picked up Max Scherzer. Though it is likely not Roark's ideal situation, he is a team player and has not once complained, only been a true professional and taken any work he's been given gracefully. The Nationals are fortunate to have a guy like Roark for many reason, but since Doug Fister hit the DL earlier this month, the most prominent reason would be that he is so versatile and that he will now be today's starting pitcher. Tanner Roark hasn't seen the Cubs a lot by any means, but take what he has seen of them how ever you will.
Tanner Roark vs. Current Cubs
Tsuyoshi Wada started 13 games for the Cubs last year and he did a pretty good job overall. All his numbers were quite good and he always gave the Cubs a good chance to win the game. He only made his first start this year on Wednesday and only lasted 4.2 innings. While he did strikeout a lot of batters, it probably wasn't as deep as he wanted to go into the game. He had been working through a groin strain this spring, resulting in his only recently getting back to the big leagues. Regardless, he figures to give the Nationals a run for their money today, especially if he is more healthy now that he is getting back into the flow of things. Wada has only faced one National, and it was only 2 plate appearances. Take a look at some of his career stats.
Wada Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||10||10||3.28||34||34||180||172||73||66||19||49||160||3.73||1.230||2.4||8.0|