For the first month-and-a-half of the 2015 season, Taijuan Walker was a long way from backing up the hype he received as a prospect. Then in late May, he suddenly became one of the most dominating starters in Fantasy...for seven starts. Over that span, he boasted a 1.68 ERA with 51 strikeouts and three walks in 48 1/3 innings. For the remainder of the season, Walker continued to throw strikes and get whiffs, but he had trouble keeping the ball in the park and stranding runners. He is still just 23, and he offers the promise of more stretches like the one he had last midseason. Walker is a high-risk, high-reward pick work drafting as one of the top 40 starting pitchers.
Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker could be done for the season with Vidal Nino set to start Friday for the Mariners, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. While there hasn't been any formal news regarding Walker's status, he's struggled this season - posting a 4.56 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 169 2/3 innings. There was a bit of optimism recently surrounding Walker however, as the 23-year-old posted arguably his best line of the season against the Angels Sept. 14, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out seven batters through seven innings, but the Mariners clearly want to give some of their other young arms a chance to start. Fantasy owners should stay tuned for more information coming in the following days.
Mariners SP Taijuan Walker will have his next start skipped, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports. He's at 169 2/3 innings on the season, and while he won't pitch in Texas this weekend, he could return to the mix next weekend in Anaheim. Felix Hernandez was moved up to pitch Sunday's game against Texas.
Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker was solid in his start against the Astros on Wednesday. Walker allowed three runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He recorded three strikeouts but also gave up three walks in the no-decision. Walker now owns a 4.51 ERA this season.
Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker recorded his 10th win of the season on Friday against the White Sox. Walker struck out six batters while throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings. With the win, Walker improved to 10-7 with a 4.53 ERA this season. Walker left the game with a cramp in his right hip flexor.
Taijuan Walker wasn't particularly sharp Sunday, but did enough to pick up his ninth win of the season as the Mariners outlasted the White Sox. Walker went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. He struck out four, but got the hook after just 87 pitches given his struggles and Seattle's desire to hold on to its lead. The win is Walker's first since a complete-game one hitter on July 31. Since then, Walker (9-7) has been up and down, with three straight no-decisions until Sunday's win.