16-10 W-L, 2.83 ERA, 172 K, 148 ERA+, 5.5 WAR
Working a career-high 210 innings, Roark earned the role as No. 2 starter. Nine times out of 33 this year, he held the opposition scoreless into the seventh inning. Only once did he fail to pitch past the third.
His best game of the season came on April 23. At home against the Minnesota Twins, Roark found something extra and fanned a career-high 15. In seven shutout innings, he scattered two hits and three walks. Tossing a season-high 121 pitches, he registered a game score of 85. Seven times in 2016, he topped a game score of 70.
Overshadowed by the next player on this list, Roark gave the Washington Nationals more than they asked for. His sixth-place finish in the ERA crown and fourth in innings will give voters something to consider in their Cy Young ballots.
For Washington, his 5.5 WAR is fourth for NL pitchers. Roark’s ability to keep the ball in the yard, holding hitters to a 0.729-per-nine mark in a record home run year, goes with this season’s mantra of not beating himself. Most teams would consider him an ace. Here, he is considered ours.