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Dusty Baker told reporters after the start vs the Brewers, that after a series of solid turns in the rotation from the 30-year-old right hand starter, it was good to have Roark back to being himself after a rough first half of the 2017 campaign. “He’s the Tanner that we know now, and so he keeps throwing like that he’s going to win a lot of ballgames for us down the stretch.” Coming off a first half which saw him put up a 5.08 ERA and .278/.343/.417 line against in 100 innings, it’s definitely been a significant change.
via @ethan_haase Signing mid-level veterans to one-year deals has been the Phillies free-agent strategy the last two years.Their offseason approach will hinge on what they see out of their prospects over the final 2 1/2 months of the @hugh_arkinson First baseman Tommy Joseph probably no longer counts as a sleeper pick to be traded, given prospect Rhys Hoskins' looming presence at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.The Phillies have acknowledged the two likely can't coexist on the same roster.As for the slightly higher than usual fastball usage?“The reason why I threw a lot of fastballs, I was behind in the count a lot,” Roark joked with the MASN hosts, “so I had to try to get back into the count.” “I’ve been feeling pretty good with my two-seamer as of late, in the second-half, and having it move a little more and trusting it a little more, and that’s the biggest part.” He also got five swinging strikes with the 15 changeups he threw to Phillies’ hitters, 13 of them for strikes, and seven for strikes not put in play.Intriguing options exist this offseason, though, including Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (on perhaps a shorter three-year, big money deal).
If the Phillies decide Maikel Franco is not part of the future, they could go after third baseman and former Blue Rock Mike Moustakas, The Phillies could also look to flip some of their prospects for a controllable, proven big-league player.
Tommy Joseph hit a 2-0 fastball belt-high inside out to left, just inside the pole, for a towering solo home run in the fourth that made it 2-1 Phillies, and they added to the lead with an RBI single by Freddy Galvis in the top of the fifth, 3-1.
Roark stranded two runners in what ended up a 26-pitch frame that pushed him up to 91 pitches, then came back out with a quick, nine-pitch sixth that left him at 100.
“The changeup was I think my best pitch tonight,” Roark said, “me and [Matt] Wieters utilized it a lot and got out of some big jams.” Baker talked in his post game comments about the importance of getting Roark and Wieters some more time together.
Before tonight, Wieters had caught 14 of Roark’s start vs 13 with Jose Lobaton.
Jorge Alfaro’s second home run of the season, to lead off the third, was just the third home run hit off Roark’s curve this season, 1-1.