WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington Nationals player Tanner Roark is doing just fine in the starting rotation. He's second among team starting pitchers in ERA and record. That is quite a turn around from his career just two years ago.
Two years ago he lost 17 games and was looking everywhere for answers.
"I knew I had the skill, the talent and stuff but it was my mental game that needed to get better. That's what helped me that year, to be I think might be my worst year stat-wise but my best year mentally wise," said Roark.
Things have changed dramatically since the disastrous 2012 season. He earned the right to start the 2014 home opener but was forced to pitch two days earlier in New York City. His parents were in the midst of driving 12 hours from Wilmington, Illinois to Nats Park to see him take the mound.
"I called my parents. She said what is it? She could dell by my tone of voice. I'm going to be pitching today. She was like 'no way.' It is what it is. They stopped somewhere in West Virginia at a McDonald's, hooked up to the Wi-Fi on the car and watched it on the iPad," shared Roark.
It's quite a change for a guy who lost 17 games in the minor leagues just two seasons ago.