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Phillies' Taijuan Walker: Heading to Philly
Walker agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Walker posted a 3.49 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 132:45 K:BB across 157.1 innings for the Mets last season, and he'll remain in the NL East for the foreseeable future as he makes his way to Philadelphia. The 30-year-old will slot in behind aces Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola to bolster the Phillies' already strong rotation.... See More ... See Less
Taijuan Walker: Declines player option
Walker opted out of the final season on his contract with the Mets on Monday, electing to hit free agency.
In an unsurprising move, Walker has decided to forgo his $6 million player option for 2023 in pursuit of a more lucrative, longer-term deal on the open market. The 30-year-old returned to form in 2022, posting a 3.49 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 132 strikeouts over 157.1 innings in 29 outings with the Mets. With Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt also opting out of their contracts over the past two days and joining Walker in free agency, the Mets could be looking at a new-look rotation around centerpiece Max Scherzer in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Added to wild-card roster
Walker was added to the Mets' wild-card roster Saturday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Walker wasn't initially included on the series roster but will join it as Joely Rodriguez exits with a shoulder injury. Walker isn't expected to start either of the two remaining possible games, but he could be used in relief.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Won't pitch in wild-card round
Walker wasn't included on the Mets' roster for the NL Wild Card Series against the Padres on Friday, Deesha Thosar of Fox Sports reports.
The veteran right-hander made his final start of the regular season during Tuesday's twin bill and delivered 4.1 scoreless frames, but he won't be needed during the series versus San Diego, which will be at most three games. Walker could factor into the Mets' rotation should the team advance to the NLDS, but for now Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom (blister) and Chris Bassitt line up as the starting pitchers.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Fans 10 in no-decision
Walker didn't factor into the decision in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, allowing four hits over 4.1 scoreless innings. He struck out 10 without walking a batter.
The veteran righty was dominant in his final outing of the regular season, and Walker only failed to rack up his 13th win of the year because the Mets wanted to give him a bit of extra rest ahead of the playoffs. It's the second time in his last five starts he's fanned double-digit batters, and he'll head into the postseason having posted a 3.03 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 36:5 K:BB through 29.2 innings over that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Eight strikeouts in no-decision
Walker did not factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings against Miami. He struck out eight.
Walker pitched a pretty good game aside from the two-run homer he surrendered to outfielder Bryan De La Cruz to open the scoring with two outs in the fourth inning. The righty has allowed a homer in five straight games, posting a less-than-stellar 4.15 ERA over 30.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Let down by bullpen
Walker (12-5) allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three across six innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Brewers.
Walker allowed only a solo home run through six innings, though he allowed the first three batters he faced in the seventh frame to reach base. After he was pulled, Drew Smith entered and served up a grand slam that soured Walker's line. Entering Wednesday's outing, Walker had allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last seven starts -- good for a 3.35 ERA. For the season, he now owns a 3.53 ERA with a 114:43 K:BB across 148 innings.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Strikes out five in win
Walker (12-4) earned the win against the Pirates on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out five and walking none over 7.1 innings.
Walker tossed 65 of 100 pitches for strikes across 7.1 frames Friday. This was the second win in a row for the veteran righty as well as his second consecutive quality start. This has been a solid month for Walker, who has a 3.26 ERA in three starts after pitching to a 6.98 ERA last month. That has left him with a 3.42 ERA on the season to go along with a 1.18 WHIP and 111 strikeouts across 142 innings.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Punches out 10 in win
Walker (11-4) earned the victory Sunday in Miami, striking out 10 in seven innings while allowing a run on five hits.
Walker was masterful Sunday, throwing 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Brian Anderson's fourth-inning solo homer was the only blemish in an otherwise excellent outing. There was some concern that Walker might not make the start Sunday as he had been dealing with a blister on his right index finger since his last start. He has a 3.56 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 26:12 K:BB in 30.1 innings over his last six appearances. His next start will likely next weekend against Pittsburgh.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Starting Sunday
Walker (finger) will start Sunday's game against Miami, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Walker dealt with a blister on his right index finger following Tuesday's start against the Pirates and was monitored by the Mets' medical staff after having the blister drained Wednesday. However, the issue won't force him to miss any turns through the rotation, as he's on track to start Sunday's series finale. The right-hander has lasted at least five innings in each of his last three starts, posting a 5.28 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 15.1 innings during that time.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Blister surfaces in loss
Walker (10-4), who was charged with the loss Tuesday against the Pirates, is dealing with a blister on his right index finger, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
The 30-year-old threw 50 of his 80 pitches for strikes and generated only seven swinging strikes in Pittsburgh, though it's unclear how much of a factor the blister played in those results. Walker doesn't expect the issue to affect his next turn through the rotation, which tentatively lines up for Sunday in Miami. He'll have the blister drained Wednesday and receive further treatment.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Mets-Pirates postponed Monday
Walker and the Mets won't face the Pirates on Monday after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
The two teams are set to make up the contest as part of a split doubleheader Wednesday. Because the Mets have an open date in the schedule Thursday, the team isn't expected to add a temporary sixth starter to the rotation, so Walker should stay on schedule to make a start against the Pirates either Tuesday or Wednesday. Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt are in line to start the other two contests of the series.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Surrenders three runs Tuesday
Walker allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings against the Dodgers. He did not factor in the decision.
Walker managed to get through the Dodgers' lineup the first time but ran into trouble the second time through the order. A few hits, a hit batter and a walk led to three runs being scored in the third inning. The wild outing was uncharacteristic of Walker this season, as Tuesday was just the third time that he has walked three or more batters in his 23 starts. He will carry a 3.45 ERA into his next start, which is lined up to be at Pittsburgh next week.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: No-decision against Yanks
Walker (back) didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three.
The right-hander was held to 81 pitches (49 strikes) after exiting his last start with back spasms, but Walker seemed to emerge unscathed from this outing. Since the All-Star break, the 30-year-old has stumbled to a 6.31 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 15:10 K:BB through 25.2 innings, and while much of that damage came in a brutal one-inning stint against Atlanta on Aug. 5, Walker will still be a risky fantasy option until he can string together some better performances.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Taijuan Walker: Named Tuesday's starter
Walker (back) will start Tuesday against the Yankees, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Walker exited his start against Atlanta last Tuesday due to back spasms and was unable to start Sunday, but he'll return to action after receiving a few additional days of rest. The right-hander has had mixed results since the All-Star break, posting a 6.97 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 20.2 innings over five starts.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-4, 235 lbs|
|Birthplace: Shreveport, LA|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|