PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Having seen both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan pitch for nearly six weeks now, Nationals manager Matt Williams admitted his opinion of either right-hander probably wasn’t to be altered much by each hurler’s final Grapefruit League start.
There’s nothing wrong, however, with leaving a good impression on your manager’s mind before the final decision on the club’s No. 5 starter has to be made. So Roark’s strong outing today against the Mets could only have helped his cause.
“I think he’s made a very good case,” Williams said. “We’ll get a good look at Taylor again (on Monday). But Tanner certainly made a really strong case.”