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99 Taijuan Walker SP

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July 30, 2021 02:00 AM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Surrenders five earned runs
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Walker (7-5) allowed five earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven across five innings to take the loss Thursday against Atlanta.

Walker held Atlanta scoreless through three innings. However, he fell apart late in the outing, highlighted by a pair of home runs in the fourth frame. Since maintaining a 2.50 ERA and 1.03 WHIP across his first 16 starts this season, Walker has allowed 16 earned runs across his last three outings -- spanning 9.1 innings. That's inflated his ERA to 3.71 on the campaign.

July 26, 2021 11:00 AM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Cleared to start Thursday
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The Mets list Walker (shoulder) as their probable starter for Thursday's series finale with Atlanta at Citi Field, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Walker experienced a pinch in his left shoulder during his start against the Blue Jays over the weekend, when he was tagged for a season-high six earned runs over four frames. The southpaw has now churned out two duds in a row to open the second half, but the Mets apparently aren't worried about his poor form of late or the shoulder issue, which could explain his recent struggles. Assuming his between-starts bullpen session goes as expected, Walker will be good to go on normal rest Thursday and shouldn't face any restrictions.

July 25, 2021 10:20 AM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Dealing with minor issue
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Walker felt a pinch in his left shoulder during a swing in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, Anthony DiComo of reports.

Walker struggled for the second consecutive start, as he allowed six earned runs on eight hits and two walks across four innings to take the loss. However, the bigger problem could be the injury he picked up during the outing. After the game, Walker downplayed the issue and would not tell reporters the nature of the injury. However, manager Luis Rojas disclosed the shoulder pain. At this point, there seems to be minimal concern from both the player and team, meaning Walker should still be able to make his next turn through the rotation if no further information emerges.

July 18, 2021 05:52 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Nightmarish start Sunday
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Walker allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits and four walks while retiring just one batter in Sunday's game versus Pittsburgh. He did not factor in the decision.

It was arguably the worst outing of the year for the right-hander, but he was able to avoid taking the loss as the Mets rallied to win the game. Walker's ERA ballooned from 2.50 to 2.99 after the abbreviated start, and he has a 1.12 WHIP and 89:34 K:BB through 90.1 innings this season. The 28-year-old lines up to start next weekend versus Toronto after throwing just 35 pitches (17 strikes) Sunday.

July 9, 2021 11:52 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: No-decision versus Pittsburgh
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Walker allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two in five innings in a no-decision versus Pittsburgh on Friday.

Originally scheduled to pitch Thursday, Walker instead took the mound a day later due to rain. He didn't pitch deep into Friday's contest, and the Mets' offense didn't come alive until after he was out of the contest, leaving him with just his second no-decision in his last eight starts. Walker has enjoyed arguably the best season of his career with a 2.50 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 89:30 K:BB through 90 innings. He could make his next start in Pittsburgh coming out of the All-Star break.

July 8, 2021 09:00 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Start shifted to Friday
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Walker will start Friday against the Pirates after Thursday's game was postponed due to rain, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

Walker will simply have his start pushed back a day, but he will draw the same matchup and pitch in a full nine-inning game. He's maintained an excellent 2.44 ERA and 1.01 WHIP across 85 innings this season and should have the chance to build on those numbers in an exploitable matchup.

July 9, 2021 01:00 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Thursday's start postponed
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Walker won't start Thursday against the Pirates after the game was postponed due to rain, Anthony DiComo of reports.

The game will be made up via a doubleheader Saturday. The Mets have yet to announce their updated pitching plans, but Walker should still start during the four-game set this weekend.

July 3, 2021 06:52 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Earns seventh victory
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Walker (7-3) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in a win over the Yankees on Saturday. He also had five strikeouts.

Walker was working on a no-hitter in the sixth inning until Aaron Judge took him deep to center field with one out. He departed the game two batters later having already thrown 106 pitches, but left with a plenty-comfortable 8-2 lead. Walker has been one of the top free-agent signings of the 2021 season, holding opponents to three runs or fewer in 13 of his 15 starts while posting a 2.44 ERA that ranks 10th in the National League. He's lined up to make his next start against the Pirates next week.

July 3, 2021 12:28 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Friday's start postponed
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Walker won't start Friday against the Yankees after the game was postponed due to inclement weather, Anthony DiComo of reports.

Friday's matchup will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday. The right-hander only lightly played catch before the postponement was announced, so Walker will be able to start Saturday's game against the Yankees, DiComo reports. Marcus Stroman will start Sunday's matinee, while Corey Oswalt could take the mound in the nightcap.

June 28, 2021 04:32 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Starting Friday with extra rest
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Walker will make his next start Friday against the Yankees, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

The right-hander previously lined up to take the mound Wednesday in Atlanta after starting in last Friday's twin bill, but he'll instead be pushed back a couple days to receive some extra rest before facing the Mets' cross-town rival. Walker will come out of June having made five starts with a 3.26 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 33:6 K:BB across 30.1 innings during the month.

June 26, 2021 03:08 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Gives up one run
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Walker allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings during a win over the Phillies in the first game of Friday's doubleheader. He didn't factor into the decision.

Walker gave up 10 hits in his last start, but he was much more effective Friday. However, the Mets didn't get on the board until the seventh inning, which forced him to settle for a no-decision. In his six starts since he returned from the injured list, he's posted a 2.80 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 35.1 innings. Walker tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Atlanta on Wednesday.

June 20, 2021 09:12 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Charged with third loss
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Walker (6-3) allowed four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five in 6.1 innings to take the loss against the Nationals on Sunday.

Walker had earned wins in each of his last two outings and struck out 21 batters in 14 innings during that time, but he was unable to keep his success going Sunday. He gave up three home runs to Kyle Schwarber prior to his removal, and the right-hander has now posted a 2.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 74.1 innings across 13 starts this year. Walker tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Phillies on Saturday.

June 16, 2021 01:48 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Whiffs 12 in win
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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 was 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.

June 10, 2021 06:04 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Dominant against Baltimore
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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.

June 5, 2021 09:56 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Takes loss against San Diego
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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.

May 29, 2021 04:44 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Returns for scheduled start
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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.

May 28, 2021 04:48 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Return from IL postponed
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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 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.

May 27, 2021 06:08 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Slated to return Friday
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Walker (side) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list to start Friday's game against Atlanta, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

Walker has been on the 10-day injured list since May 18 after he exited his last start with side soreness, but he'll return to the active roster after a minimal stay on the IL. The right-hander had posted a 0.53 ERA and 0.53 WHIP in 17 innings across his last three starts.

May 25, 2021 10:28 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Throws live BP
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Walker (side) was seen throwing live batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Rockies, Anthony DiComo of reports.

Walker left his start on May 17 with soreness in his side, but it appears that the right hander's stint on the injured list could be coming to an end soon. The Mets have yet to announce when Walker could rejoin the rotation, but they currently don't anticipate that he will need a rehab start.

May 19, 2021 08:24 PM
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Placed on injured list
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Walker (side) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

Walker exited Monday's start against Atlanta due to left side tightness, and he's reportedly felt good recently. However, the team will elect to place him on the injured list to avoid a long-term injury. It's not yet clear how much time Walker will miss, but the Mets could utilize a four-man rotation in the immediate future since they have a day off Thursday.

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