|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||10/5/1986|
|Height, Weight||6'2", 229 lbs|
|Drafted||2008 - Rd 25|
Roark allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over six innings Friday. He struck out three and did not factor in the decision in a 3-2 extra-innings win over the Astros.
The right-hander was matched against Astros ace Justin Verlander and Roark held his own for just about half of the 13-inning contest. He has posted a 2.55 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 17.2 innings since being traded to the Athletics. For the year, Roark owns a 4.01 ERA and 124:43 K:BB in 128 innings between the A's and the Reds. He is expected to face the Yankees on Thursday in his next start.
Roark (1-1) took the loss against the White Sox on Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and no walks while recording seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings.
Roark was the epitome of a tough-luck loser Saturday in his second start for the Athletics since coming over via trade from the Reds. The veteran right-hander worked up to 101 pitches and notched a solid 10 swinging strikes overall, but he was partly done in by a solo home run off the bat of Eloy Jimenez and saw another run cross the plate earlier in the contest due to a throwing error by battery mate Chris Herrmann. Roark will look to bounce back and notch his second American League win when he faces the Astros at home next Thursday or Friday.
Roark (1-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing one run on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman over five innings while also recording six strikeouts.
The veteran right-hander was solid in his Athletics debut, working up to 109 pitches overall and notching 11 swinging strikes along the way. Roark allowed just one home run while pitching in his new spacious home park, and he bounced back nicely after a poor start in his last outing against the Pirates in his final start with the Reds last Tuesday. Roark will look to make it two strong starts when he faces the White Sox next Friday or Saturday.
Roark will make his Athletics debut in his start Sunday against the Cardinals.
He'll be facing a familiar National League foe as he heads to the Junior Circuit for the first time in his career following stops in Washington and Cincinnati. Roark posted a 4.24 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 110.1 innings this season, but he could see those numbers improve while trading out Great American Ball Park as his home field for RingCentral Coliseum, a much more favorable pitching environment.
Roark was traded from Cincinnati to Oakland in exchange for Jameson Hannah on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Roark has been adequate but unremarkable, as one might expect, in 21 starts for the Reds this season, recording a 4.24 ERA. He owns a career-best 22.3 percent strikeout rate but also a career-worst 36.7 percent groundball rate. He'll get to enjoy a significant upgrade in home park with the move to Oakland.