Walker (6-7) came away with the loss Wednesday in Houston after surrendering five runs (three earned) on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings. Walker found out what makes the league's top offense so tough, as his nine hits allowed set a new season worst. The 25-year-old righty has struggled of late, surrendering three or more earned runs in four consecutive starts while pitching no more than six innings in any of those outings. One explanation for Walker's recent downturn could be fatigue, as he's now up to 115 innings pitched and has previously topped 135 only once at any level. If he fails to bounce back in Monday's road tilt with the Mets, it's time to start worrying.
Walker (6-6) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over five innings and took the loss Friday against the Cubs. The Cubs are an admittedly tough draw, but this was a rough start by any standards. Walker served up two home runs and hit two batters as he was erratic all night. He is now winless in his past eight starts despite a passable 4.21 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Walker has a home-run problem, as he has now served up eight in his past six starts, but his luck, at least in the win column, is bound to turn soon.
Walker (6-5) struck out 10 in 5.2 innings but took the loss Sunday in St. Louis after allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. Walker came in with a 2.70 ERA on the road and was on pace to lower that mark even further after breezing through the first three innings. Things got more complicated from there, as Jose Martinez tagged him for a two-run homer in the fourth and a sac fly in the sixth. Martinez's home run was the only extra-base hit against Walker, so there are plenty of positives to take away from this outing despite the result. The right-hander will have a favorable matchup in his next start Saturday in San Francisco.
Walker tossed six innings against the Braves on Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out six and hitting a batter. He didn't factor into the decision in the Diamondbacks' 8-3 loss. He pitched well while facing the Braves for the second consecutive start, and Walker even hit a homer to support his own cause. The 24-year-old has maintained solid fantasy value despite an inflated WHIP that he dropped to 1.28 with this outing. Arizona has a good offense and Walker has consistently kept his team in games, so he could start racking up wins in the second half if his bullpen can avoid imploding as it did Tuesday -- J.J. Hoover and Andrew Chafin conspired to give up six runs over two innings immediately after the young fireballer's departure.
Walker was reinstated from the paternity list prior to Sunday's game. Walker was scratched from last Thursday's start due to the birth of his son, and now that the three days are up, he will return to the team. He's currently in line to start Tuesday against the Braves.