Walker (3-3) took the loss Tuesday as the Blue Jays were routed 20-6 by the Yankees, giving up seven runs (but only one earned) on six hits over 1.2 innings. He struck out two. After a scoreless first inning, the right-hander gave up a one-out double to Gio Urshela in the second before Derek Fisher dropped a routine fly ball on the warning track that would have been the second out of the inning. After Walker struck out Gary Sanchez for what should have been the inning's third out, the floodgates opened and the Yankees laced four straight hits to chase him from the game, including back-to-back homers by Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks. The error by Fisher at least saved Walker's ERA -- he'll take a 3.05 mark with a 1.26 WHIP and 38:17 K:BB through 44.1 innings into his next outing Sunday in Philadelphia.
Walker allowed two hits and five walks while striking out three across four innings Tuesday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision. Walker battled his control -- he walked three batters in the opening frame -- which led to the short outing. However, he worked out of danger throughout the start and has now allowed only two earned runs across 15.2 innings with the Blue Jays. He currently lines up to make his next start Tuesday in a rematch at the Yankees.
Walker pitched 5.2 innings against Boston on Thursday, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four. He did not factor in the decision. While Walker's second start in a Toronto uniform was slightly less effective than his six-inning scoreless debut, the right-hander kept the Blue Jays in the game by limiting Boston to a pair of runs while tossing 81 pitches. He departed while trailing by a run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, but he was spared a loss when Toronto mounted a comeback to pull out the win. Walker fell one out shy of notching his fourth straight quality start, and he has allowed only five earned runs in 24.2 innings over that span. He'll next face the Yankees on Tuesday at home.
Walker (3-2) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out four across six scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Orioles. Walker worked effectively in his Blue Jays debut. He got into trouble on a few occasions -- particularly due to struggles with his control -- but induced timely outs to work six scoreless frames. It's been a mixed bag to this point in the season for Walker, as he's tossed three scoreless outings but has also twice allowed four or more earned runs. That's evened out to a 3.27 ERA with a 29:7 K:BB across 33 frames. He's currently projected to draw his second start with Toronto on Thursday at Boston.
Walker will start Saturday against the Orioles, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. He will make his Blue Jays debut in Buffalo against an Orioles team that ranks 17th in the majors with a 98 wRC+ against right-handed pitching. His second start as a Blue Jay figures to come next week in Boston.