Walker didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 10-5 win over the Orioles, retiring all nine batters he faced before giving way to the bullpen. He struck out four.
With an eye on setting up his postseason rotation, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo pulled Walker after only 42 pitches (28 strikes), denying the right-hander a chance at his fifth win of the year, or perhaps something more historic. Since joining the Jays, Walker has posted a stellar 1.37 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 25:11 K:BB over 26.1 innings.
Walker (4-3) allowed one run on four hits and two walks over six innings Sunday, striking out eight and earning the victory over Philadelphia.
Walker rebounded well from his brutal start against the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing just one run against the Phillies on Sunday. After yielding an RBI double to Didi Gregorius in the first inning, he silenced Philadelphia's lineup and cruised through five straight scoreless frames. The 28-year-old lowered his ERA to 2.86 across 50.1 innings. Walker will make his final regular-season start Saturday at home against Baltimore.
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.
The Blue Jays acquired Walker from the Mariners on Thursday in exchange for a minor-league player to be named later or cash considerations, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
With the rebuilding Mariners sitting on a 12-19 record for the season and with Walker signed to an affordable one-year, $2 million deal, the right-hander was widely expected to be moved prior to the Aug. 31 trade deadline. The Mariners ultimately found a suitor in the Blue Jays, who were in serious need of another proven arm in the rotation after Matt Shoemaker (lat), Trent Thornton (elbow) and Nate Pearson (elbow) were all placed on the injured list in the last week and a half. Walker has bounced back well thus far from his April 2018 Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.00 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 25:8 K:BB through 27 innings over his five starts. He had been scheduled to start the first game of the Mariners' doubleheader Thursday versus the Padres, so Seattle will have to find a replacement for Walker on short notice.
Walker is slated to start the first game of the Mariners' doubleheader with the Padres on Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Walker had been in line to start Wednesday before the contest was postponed. The Mariners will keep their six-man rotation in order and have Walker take the hill for the first game of the twin bill, while Yusei Kikuchi stays on turn to pitch in the second contest. Walker, who is a prime candidate to be dealt prior to the Aug. 31 trade deadline, has posted a 4.00 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 25:8 K:BB across 27 innings this season.
Walker won't pitch as scheduled Wednesday against the Padres as the two teams agreed to postpone the game in protest of the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Brewers and Reds took the same course of action earlier in the evening, and the Mariners and Padres have elected to follow suit. It's unclear if/when the contest will be made up.
Walker, who's put together back-to-back quality starts, is drawing strong trade interest prior to the Aug. 31 deadline, Brandon Gustafson of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
The right-hander's successful homecoming to the team that originally drafted him back in 2010 may be short-lived, as Walker could ultimately be a victim of his own success to an extent. Contending teams -- a descriptor that constitutes a much larger pool of clubs this season due to the expanded playoff format -- are always on the hunt for more starting pitching, and Gustafson notes the fact Kendall Graveman (neck), who could have also been a potential trade candidate had he remained healthy, is now out of the equation only makes Walker even more appealing. Through five starts, Walker owns a 2-2 record, 4.00 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, and he now has his average fastball velocity back to under one mph lower than what it was prior to Tommy John surgery.
Walker (2-2) earned the win Wednesday after holding the Dodgers to three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight across seven innings.
All of Walker's damage came via the long ball during what turned out to be a solid outing. The 28-year-old gave up a pair of home runs to Max Muncy and Joc Pederson in the second inning, followed by a solo homer to Cody Bellinger in the third. From there, Walker silenced a volatile Los Angeles lineup, fanning a season-high tying eight batters. The right-hander will carry a 4.00 ERA and 1.07 WHIP into next Wednesday's showdown at San Diego.
Walker didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's contest between the Mariners and the Rangers. He gave up an unearned run on six hits and one walk while fanning five across six innings.
Walker has been extremely inconsistent in his first four starts and has alternated strong performances with some woeful ones. He has given up just four earned runs in 16.2 innings across his last three starts after beginning the season with a poor effort against Houston in which he gave up five earned runs in just 3.1 frames. The talent is clearly still there, but Walker now needs to find consistency. His next scheduled start is slated for Aug. 19 at home against the Dodgers.
Walker (1-2) took the loss against the Angels on Thursday, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three.
Walker allowed only one hit -- a Shohei Ohtani homer -- through three innings, but he fell apart in the fourth and was unable to get out of the frame. A lack of control was primarily to blame, as Walker walked three batters and hit another in the inning, helping the Angels tally three runs. The right-hander was superb in his previous start but has otherwise struggled early in the season, and he now holds an unappealing 5.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while compiling a 12:6 K:BB through 14 innings. He'll head to Texas to take on the Rangers on Wednesday in his next scheduled start.
Walker (1-1) earned the win Friday by holding the A's scoreless and striking out eight across seven innings. He allowed one hit and a pair of walks.
Walker retired his first eight batters before issuing a walk to Tony Kemp in the third inning. The only hit he gave up was a leadoff double to Ramon Laureano in the fourth. It was a long awaited successful outing for the 27-year-old, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018. Walker will look to stay in the win column with a favorable matchup against the Angels on Thursday.
Walker (0-1) gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. He struck out one and took the loss Saturday versus the Astros.
Walker wasn't particularly bad until the fourth inning. He gave up a solo home run to Yuli Gurriel and an RBI double to Kyle Tucker before Scott Servais pulled him from the game. Reliever Brandon Brennan allowed two inherited runners to be tacked onto Walker's line. It was an ugly start to Walker's second stint as a Mariner after three years with the Diamondbacks, two of which were mostly wiped out by Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old right-hander will search for his first win Friday at home against the Athletics.
Walker threw 60 pitches over 3.1 innings in Sunday's intrasquad game, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
The right-hander had to work around some trouble in two of his innings, but he finished the outing allowing only three hits and three walks but no runs. Walker encouragingly also recorded three strikeouts and commented after the game that he felt strong and "definitely" would be ready for this first start of the season Saturday against the Astros.
Walker was consistently hitting 93 mph with his fastball during his two innings in Monday's intrasquad game, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander has a big year ahead of him after missing much of the last two seasons with injuries, and thus far, every step he's taken since spring training has been favorable. The latest was his pair of frames Monday, when Walker logged the first of what's slated to be three intrasquad game starts and allowed just an infield single and a walk while recording three strikeouts. Walker even got scalding hot teammate Kyle Lewis, who'd hit three home runs over the team's two prior intrasquad outings, to ground out, and after the game, the Mariners' projected No. 3 starter offered his thoughts of how the three-month-plus shutdown helped him further prepare for what he hopes will be a successful comeback campaign. "It gave my arm a chance to heal," Walker said. "Anytime you can do that, you should feel good and strong. And that's what I feel like right now. I feel really strong. I like where I'm at. Now it's just about building the innings and getting comfortable with the ups and downs. We're getting there."
Walker threw a live batting practice session against Kyle Seager and Dee Gordon in Tuesday's summer camp session, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I feel good, my arm feels good. I like where I'm at, " Walker said. "It's usually a marathon to get ready and keep going, but it's almost like a sprint now. We have three weeks to get ready. Obviously we have to do it smart and listen to our bodies, but we don't have much time to get ready and going."
Walker was encouragingly hitting 90-93 mph with his fastball during the session, which was his first live BP of camp. The 27-year-old, who is on the comeback trail after reconstructive elbow surgery and a shoulder capsule issue wiped out much of his last two seasons, is set for a back-end rotation spot to open 2020. Walker was able to keep his arm in condition during the shutdown by building a garage gym in his home, playing catch regularly with a friend and eventually accessing the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona once it reopened in late May. The shortened 60-game season might be a silver lining for Walker, as it sets the right-hander up for a more gradual return to the mound after pitching just 14 regular-season innings since the beginning of the 2018 campaign.
Walker was one of several Mariners present at the team's spring complex in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday for informal workouts, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Mariners became the latest team to start welcoming players back into either their home or spring facilities Tuesday, allowing them to work out in groups of three for two-hour windows. Walker was able to play catch and run under staff supervision, and johns notes the team has instructed to players to keep their volume and intensity at a "winter workout level" for the time being until there is more clarity on a possible 2020 season. Before spring training was suspended, the veteran right-hander had built up some momentum for what was to be a comeback season of sorts, displaying good velocity and also flashing a new spiked curve that was good enough to strike out the Brewers' Christian Yelich in Walker's one spring start.
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|08/12||@ TEX||L 4-7||6.0||6||0||1||5|
|08/06||vs LAA||L 1-6||1||3.2||3||4||3||3|
|07/31||vs OAK||W 5-3||1||7.0||1||0||2||8|
|07/25||@ HOU||L 2-7||1||3.1||7||5||1||1|
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|2014||AFA-High Desert Maverick||4.1||1||1||0||0||0||0||7||1||4||2.19||1.220|