Tue, Aug 9
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  • NYM -305, O/U 8.5
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NL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
71-39 8-2 W4
64-46 5-5 L3
60-48 9-1 W5
49-59 3-7 W1
36-75 2-8 L6

2022 Pitching

Innings Pitched
Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 104.1 9 3 3.45 80 28

Top Taijuan Walker News

  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Pounded in loss

    Walker (9-3) allowed eight runs on seven hits while taking the loss against Atlanta on Friday. He pitched one inning and failed to record a strikeout.

    Walker yielded four runs in the first inning, including a three-run shot by Eddie Rosario. The 29-year-old righty then coughed up a solo homer to Michael Harris to begin the second and was later charged with three more runs, two of which scored with Trevor Williams on the mound. Walker's ERA jumped from 2.79 to 3.45 through 104.1 frames after Friday's ugly outing. He also broke his streak of nine starts allowing fewer than four runs. Walker is lined up to face the Reds at home next week.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Gives up three in win

    Walker (9-2) gave up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings to earn the win in a 9-3 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.

    It wasn't the smoothest of starts for Walker, but he did enough to earn the win by holding the Marlins to three earned runs while getting backed with plenty of run support. Walker threw over 100 pitches for the third time this season and tallied his ninth win of the year with the performance. The 29-year-old right-hander is having the best season of his career and boasts a 2.79 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He is tentatively expected to make his next start in a division-rival matchup against Atlanta.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Quality start in win

    Walker (8-2) earned the victory Tuesday against the Yankees, striking out three in six innings while allowing three runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batsman.

    Walker was greeted by back-to-back homers by Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo in the first inning. After that, Walker pitched around trouble with the only damage being a fourth-inning RBI groundout. It was the eighth straight quality start for the 29-year-old and he's gone 5-0 with a 2.12 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 51:11 K:BB in 51 innings in that span. His next start will likely be early next week in Washington.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Six strong in no-decision

    Walker did not factor into the decision in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, allowing one run on four hits and two walks over six innings against the Cubs. He struck out five.

    Make it seven consecutive quality starts for Walker to close the first half of the 2022 campaign. He's on a brilliant run and his ERA is all the way down to 2.55 after he finished with a 4.47 mark last season. The right-hander has benefited from a relatively soft schedule of late, but he's also aced his toughest tests. While his strikeout rate is down slightly overall, Walker has shown more of a strikeout punch lately, fanning 48 in his last 45 innings.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Friday's matchup called off

    Walker and the Mets won't play Friday against the Cubs after the game was postponed due to inclement weather.

    Walker has recorded quality starts in each of his last six outings and has posted a 1.85 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 39 innings across that span. Friday's matchup will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday, and Walker will start in the matinee while Max Scherzer takes the mound for the second game of the twin bill, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Fires seven shutout innings

    Walker allowed three hits and a walk over seven shutout frames in Sunday's loss to the Marlins. He struck out seven and did not factor in the decision.

    Walker dominated the entire Marlins lineup aside from Jon Berti, who knocked three singles Sunday. The 29-year-old's resurgent 2022 campaign continues, as he lowered his season ERA to 2.63 with a 68:23 K:BB through 85.2 frames. Since coughing up four runs in a June 7 loss to the Padres, Walker has gone 4-0 while registering a 1.85 ERA over six starts. He's projected to face the Cubs in Chicago in his next start.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Hoping to stay in New York

    Walker would like to sign a long-term deal with the Mets after his current contract expires, Anthony DiComo of reports.

    The veteran right-hander has a player option for 2023 that could be worth up to $8.5 million, but his performance so far this season would likely earn a much bigger salary on the open market. Walker indicated this week that if he does opt out, he would prefer to sign a longer deal with the Mets rather than head elsewhere. "I've been on short-term deals my last two free agencies," said Walker. "It would be nice to do a longer-term deal and kind of just be set up in one place and know that I'm going to be here for a couple years. Maybe have my family settle in a little bit. That would be nice." Any extension or contract talks with Walker likely won't happen until the season is over, but with Jacob deGrom, Chris Bassitt and Carlos Carrasco all on expiring deals as well, the Mets will have a lot of decisions to make on which members of the rotation to bring back and which to let go.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Fans nine in Monday's win

    Walker (7-2) picked up the win in a 7-4 victory over the Reds on Monday, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out nine.

    All the damage against the right-hander came on a mistake to Brandon Drury in the third inning that resulted in a three-run homer, but otherwise Walker was firmly in control, tossing 64 of 97 pitches for strikes. The 29-year-old also seems to have discovered some newfound dominance -- Walker has fanned at least nine batters in three of five outings during his current five-game quality start streak, going 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 36:7 K:BB through 32 innings over that stretch.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Shuts down Astros

    Walker allowed four hits and two walks while striking out three across 7.1 scoreless innings Wednesday against the Astros. He did not factor into the decision.

    Walker induced 12 groundball outs to keep Houston's bats in check and deliver his third scoreless outing of at least five innings on the season. He's been on a particularly strong run of late, turning in four consecutive quality starts, during which he's allowed only five earned runs across 26 innings. On the campaign, Walker owns a 2.72 ERA with a 52:21 K:BB across 72.2 frames.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Wins third straight start

    Walker (6-2) picked up the win Friday, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings in a 5-3 victory over the Marlins. He struck out five.

    The veteran right-hander continues to provide some stability to a weakened Mets rotation, posting his third straight quality start with wins in all three. Walker has a 3.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 30:7 K:BB through 30.1 innings over five outings in June, but it's his season-long success at keeping the ball in the park that's been his greatest asset -- his 0.41 HR/9 would be by far a career-best mark, and he's only been taken deep in two of 12 starts so far in 2022.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Strikes out nine in win

    Walker (5-2) allowed a run on two hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings to earn the win Saturday over the Marlins.

    Walker limited the damage to an Avisail Garcia RBI double in the seventh inning. With the strong outing Saturday, Walker has quality starts in consecutive appearances for the first time this year. He's now at a 2.88 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 44:17 K:BB through 59.1 innings across 11 starts overall. He's projected for a rematch with the Marlins in Miami next week.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Fans 10 in win

    Walker (4-2) earned the win during Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Angels, allowing one run on six hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts in six innings.

    Walker surrendered one run on four hits in the first inning but settled down thereafter to quiet Los Angeles' offense and New York eventually rallied to end Walker's losing streak at two. Prior to Sunday's start, Walker hadn't struck out more than six in a game and was averaging just 4.8 K/9. The 29-year-old carries a 3.08 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into his next start, scheduled for next weekend against Miami.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Receives no help Tuesday

    Walker (3-2) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings, taking the loss Tuesday versus the Padres.

    The Mets recorded only five baserunners (two hits, three hit batters), giving Walker virtually no help in the contest. It's the second start in a row the right-hander has received insufficient support, though his four runs allowed were also the most he's given up since May 5. He's generally pitched well with a 3.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 25:15 K:BB across 46.2 innings in nine starts this year. Walker will look to get back on track in a tough home matchup versus the Brewers next week.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Takes first loss Thursday

    Walker (3-1) was the losing pitcher Thursday against the Dodgers, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two over 5.2 innings.

    Walker held Los Angeles scoreless for four frames before yielding his first run in the fifth. The right-hander gave up another run with two outs in the sixth and was subsequently lifted for a reliever. The Mets couldn't get anything going offensively in the contest, resulting in Walker's first loss of the campaign. He's been solid overall this season, allowing three runs or fewer in all but one start. Walker is expected to next take the mound next week in San Diego.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Secures third win

    Walker (3-0) earned the victory over Philadelphia on Saturday, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one batter.

    Walker dealt with plenty of traffic on the basepaths in the outing -- he retired the side in order in only one frame. However, he kept the score under control and departed after the fifth inning with New York staked to a five-run lead. Walker recorded only six swinging strikes and notched only one strikeout for the third time this season, so he was far from dominant, but he got the job done to run his record to 3-0 on the campaign. His 19:12 K:BB across 35 innings is far from ideal, but Walker will carry a solid 2.83 ERA into his next start, which is scheduled to be a tough matchup in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Thursday.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Seven scoreless in win

    Walker (2-0) earned the win and struck out six in seven shutout innings, walking two and allowing five hits in a 2-0 victory Sunday in Colorado.

    Walker induced 10 groundouts and did not allow an extra-base hit as he shut down the Rockies' offense. It was the second time in three starts that he held an opponent scoreless over seven innings. The 29-year-old has increased his pitch count in each of his six starts, tossing 97 pitches Sunday. With six punchouts, Walker set a season high and raised his season rate to 5.4 strikeouts per nine innings, well below his career rate of 8.1. His next start will likely be next weekend against Philadelphia.

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  • Mets' Taijuan Walker: Another no-decision

    Walker allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings during the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus St. Louis. He had four strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.

    The veteran righty limited the Cardinals to one run through four frames, but he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks during his fifth and final inning. Walker threw a season-high 94 pitches (60 strikes) and appears built up to his full workload after spending nearly three weeks on the injured list in April with a shoulder issue. He has a 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 12:7 K:BB across 23 innings through five starts.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
Age: 29
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: R, R