Joe Ross has received a ridiculous amount of run support (62 runs in 4 GS), but among qualified starters, Tanner Roark has the third-highest run support in the NL. In nine starts this season, Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has receieved 55 runs of support from his teammates, good for the third-highest average run support in the National League in 2017. Roark currently trails only Zach Davies of the Milwaukee Brewers (6.44) and Colorado Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela (7.11) in terms of average run support among the qualified starters in the NL.
Michael Conforto hit two home runs during Tuesday night's 9-3 win against the Padres. Conforto is now one home run shy of Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper, who lead the National League with 14 home runs.
Ross was optioned to the minors on May 2 after posting a 7.47 ERA over his first three starts this season for Washington. Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux noticed that he was using a lower arm slot, which can sometimes be a cause-and-effect for shoulder problems. Ross battled right shoulder inflammation last year, but he checked out fine with the club’s medical staff earlier this month and he made the necessary mechanical adjustments at Triple-A before returning with a vengeance on Tuesday. The talented 24-year-old right-hander now boasts a 3.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 182/54 K/BB ratio in 205 1/3 innings since debuting at the major league level in 2015 at age 22. He can be a highly valuable