Last night, the Nationals lost to the Reds 8-5 and secured their first series loss in over a month. While a team will lose a series from time to time, the fact that this is the first series loss in over a month should not be lost on anyone. What was frustrating about yesterday's game was that the Reds continued their bean ball session, nailing Gio Gonzalez twice. Whether or not that was intentional or not should be left up to debate, but nailing the Nationals starter 2 times in one game seems like an odd coincidence. Today, Tanner Roark will make his 2nd start of the series and compete against the Rookie Michael Lorenzen.
Tanner Roark made his first start of the season on May 25th against the Cubs. He did quite well allowing only 1 earned run and going 5 inning. Roark has been pretty steady for the Nationals ever since he made his big league debut and hopefully Roark will continue his steady pace today at the Great American Ball Park. Though there is a very small sample size when comparing Roark against Reds, when he has seen them he's shut them down.
Roark vs. Current Reds
Lorenzen is in his rookie season for the Cincinnati Reds. He's appeared in 6 games and started 4 of those times. Though he has a 3.12 ERA, he has a 6.15 FIP and he's got almost the same BB/9 as he does K/9. Those don't look particularly great, but he does only have 26 innings pitched so far this year. He could still very easily go either way in his career, so it's really just a wait and see with this guy. He's never faced the Nationals, so take a look at some of his career numbers so far to this point.
Lorenzen Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||7||7||3.12||41||27||177||163||61||61||34||88||95||7||6.15||1.423||4.5||4.8|