Washington Nationals: Tanner Roark Faces Biggest Career Test

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Oct 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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PREDICTION TIME

With Gio Gonzalez going Monday in Los Angeles, there is no margin for error left. Washington loses Game 2 the series is all but over.

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Thankfully, Roark is the right guy for the challenge. Game 1’s loss was not awful. There was no one moment that can be chewed on and cause a bad night’s sleep. Washington made Kershaw uncomfortable early and drove him off the mound after five innings.

Werth took 28 pitches Friday night. If others follow his example, they can turn this into another Dodger bullpen game early.

You know Trea Turner will relax and perform better. There were positives from Harper and Murphy coming off injuries and Pedro Severino hit well.

Remember, this Nationals team is the most productive in franchise history. They also play together as a true team.

We see a homer or two. The crowd stays loud and energetic. Roark pitches into the seventh with a rested bullpen as he works well with Jose Lobaton.

Next: Breaking Down Game 1

Without question, we are headed for another nail biter, but this series heads west even on a 5-3 win. They score the “Curly W.”

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