Walker (6-2) picked up the win Tuesday after holding the Cubs to two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out 12 across seven innings. Walker's only blemish of the night came from a two-run homer by Javier Baez in the third inning. Otherwise the right-hander displayed impressive control, notching a career-high 12 strikeouts while not issuing any walks for the third time this year. Walker, who has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season, has now allowed one run or fewer in six of his last seven starts, lowering his ERA to 2.12 and his WHIP to 1.00. The 28-year-old is slated to take the mound again on the road Sunday at Washington.
Walker (5-2) earned the win Wednesday against the Orioles after tossing seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits and a walk while fanning nine. Walker had gone three straight outings without pitching more than five complete innings, but he was lights out in this one and tamed the Orioles with ease. The right-hander has now allowed one or fewer runs in five of his last six starts and has reduced his ERA to an impressive 2.07 as a result. He will attempt to carry over his strong form into his next start, scheduled for next week at home against the Cubs.
Walker (4-2) was tagged with the loss Thursday against the Padres after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks while fanning two across five innings. Walker dropped a decision for the first time since April 20 and didn't have his best stuff, as he had more walks than strikeouts for the first time this season while also tying his season-worst mark in runs allowed. The control issues have been quite a problem for Walker this year, as he owns a 3.8 BB/9 that would rank as the second-worst mark of his career if he doesn't improve it. He's scheduled to start next week against the Orioles on the road.
Walker (side) was activated off the injured list as expected ahead of his scheduled start Saturday against Atlanta. Walker was originally scheduled to return after missing the minimum 10 days due to side soreness, but a postponement Friday meant he had to wait one extra day. He'd pitched quite well prior to the injury, as his 2.05 ERA and 0.98 WHIP should still look good even after his .214 BABIP rises. Yennsy Diaz was optioned in a corresponding move.
Walker (side) won't be activated from the injured list to start Friday versus Atlanta since the game was postponed due to inclement weather, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Walker's return from the 10-day IL will be delayed by a day, as he's now expected to take the mound Saturday, per Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record. The Mets have yet to indicate whether Jacob deGrom will pitch Sunday as previously scheduled, or if Saturday's original starter, David Peterson, will receive the nod.
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