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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Taijuan Walker was forced to leave Friday's start against the White Sox due to a cramp in his right hip flexor.
Walker had been absolutely dealing before his departure, allowing just three hits and a walk over 6 1/3 shutout frames. The Mariners are calling his exit precautionary, though there's always the chance that it could force him to miss his next scheduled start. Aug 29 - 12:25 AM

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Taijuan Walker improved to 9-7 in Sunday's win over the White Sox, though he also surrendered five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The M's held a 7-1 lead entering the sixth inning, but Walker did his best to attempt to undo their offensive efforts. He allowed five runs in the frame, including two-run homers by Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche. The late scuffles took a bit of the gleam off what had been a nice start until that doomed sixth. For the season, Walker holds a 4.73 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 139/36 K/BB ratio covering 146 2/3 innings. These same White Sox will be the opponent in his next start as well, though that one will be played in Chicago rather than Seattle.
Aug 23 - 7:25 PM

Taijuan Walker took a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Rangers, giving up three runs in six innings.

Walker somehow gave up only three runs despite giving up 10 hits and a walk and recording three strikeouts. Adrian Beltre did most of the damage, ripping RBI doubles in the first and third innings. The right-hander has a 4.60 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 135/36 K/BB ratio over 141 innings. Walker will oppose the White Sox at home in his next start.
Aug 17 - 11:09 PM

Taijuan Walker gave up two runs in six innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 10-inning win over the Orioles.

Walker allowed both runs in the first inning on a Jonathan Schoop two-run single. He scattered five hits and a walk while striking out six, his third consecutive solid outing. The right-hander has a disappointing 4.60 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 132/35 K/BB ratio over 135 innings. Walker takes the hill in Texas against the Rangers next.
Aug 12 - 1:50 AM

Taijuan Walker allowed three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

Seattle wound up losing in extra innings. Walker was looking very sharp until the bottom of the sixth, when a Drew Stubbs double and a Nolan Arenado walk preceded a Carlos Gonzalez three-run blast. Walker still managed to pitch into the eighth, needing only 101 pitches to do so. He'll hope for better luck next time out against the Orioles.
Aug 5 - 7:21 PM

Taijuan Walker pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 as the Mariners beat the Twins 6-1 on Friday.

The lone hit was Miguel Sano's solo homer in the fourth inning. It's Walker's first career complete-game victory (he had one other complete game, but it was an eight-inning loss to the Blue Jays last season). He might be prone to bouts with inconsistency, but he should still be worth riding in mixed leagues the rest of the way.
Aug 1 - 2:47 AM

Taijuan Walker posted a serviceable outing in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Sunday, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings.

Walker had allowed five or more runs in three straight starts. He halted that streak, barely, in allowing a Josh Donaldson solo homer in the first inning and another three runs in the second. One of which came home on a Walker balk. He struck out six and walked three in the outing. His recent struggles have caused his ERA to balloon to 5.03 and he's pitched to a 1.30 WHIP while recording a 110/30 K/BB ratio across 112 2/3 innings. The strikeout rate is solid, but that's about all he has going for him at this juncture. He'll face the Twins at Target Field in his next start.
Jul 26 - 7:49 PM

Taijuan Walker was pummeled by the Tigers in a no-decision, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings, but the Mariners still pulled out a victory on Tuesday.

This is the third consecutive start in which Walker allowed five-plus runs. The right-hander served up seven hits, two of which were home runs, while walking none and striking out four. The 22-year-old has tons of promise but he's been rather inconsistent this season, currently carrying a 5.06 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and a 104/27 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings. Walker will try to turn things around in a home start against the Blue Jays next.
Jul 21 - 11:18 PM

Taijuan Walker was destroyed by the Angels on Sunday, coughing up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in five-plus innings.

Walker had allowed three runs entering the sixth inning, but that frame rapidly turned into a house of horrors for the right-hander. He started off the inning by hitting Mike Trout with a pitch, then allowed a single to Albert Pujols before committing a run-scoring error on an Erick Aybar grounder. David Freese proceeded to double home two runs to knock Walker out of the game. If you're looking for a positive in this debacle, the occasionally walk-happy pitcher did strike out seven without issuing a free pass. Positive. Walker enters the All-Star Break with a tough 4.84 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 100/27 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3 innings, though it should be noted that prior to Sunday's implosion, he held a 1.68 ERA across his last seven starts.
Jul 12 - 7:16 PM

Taijuan Walker got a no-decision on Tuesday, yielding five runs in six innings, but the Mariners were able to pull out a 7-6 win in 11 innings.

Walker was quite homer-prone in this outing, serving up three of them: a two-run home run to Nick Castellanos and a solo shot to Marc Krauss in the second inning, and a two-run home run to Alex Avila in the fourth. Walker allowed six hits and a walk while striking out three on the evening. The right-hander had been on a roll, posting a 1.68 ERA in seven starts dating back to May 29. On the season, he has a 4.53 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 93/27 K/BB ratio over 97 1/3 innings. He'll face the Angels at home to close the book on the first half.
Jul 8 - 2:09 AM

Taijuan Walker yielded just one hit over six scoreless frames Wednesday in the Mariners' 7-0 blanking of the Padres.

The only two blemishes of the afternoon for Walker happened in the bottom of the fourth, when Derek Norris got hit by a pitch and Yonder Alonso singled to center. Walker did meet with a trainer in the sixth inning, but it apparently wasn't anything serious. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh after throwing 76 pitches. Walker has been terrific since late May and will look to keep it rolling next week versus the Tigers.
Jul 1 - 7:00 PM

Taijuan Walker will have his start pushed up to Wednesday against the Padres.

He was supposed to pitch on Thursday but manager Lloyd McClendon tweaked the rotation so the Mariners wouldn't feature two lefties against San Diego's predominantly right-handed lineup. Wednesday's original starter, Roenis Elias, will now pitch Thursday at Oakland.
Jun 29 - 10:10 AM

Taijuan Walker pitched seven innings of one-run ball to defeat the Angels on Friday.

A Mike Trout homer was the only damage as Walker struck out six and walked none. Walker has a 23/0 K/BB ratio in his last three starts and a 44/3 K/BB ratio in his last six. He's become the mixed-league force everyone was hoping he'd be based on his outstanding spring.
Jun 27 - 1:34 AM

Taijuan Walker held the Astros to three runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday for his fifth win.

Walker served up solo homers to Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena in the top of the second inning, but he was otherwise very sharp. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out 11 batters and didn't walk anybody. He's been locked in since the last week of May and will try to keep it all working next time out against the Angels.
Jun 21 - 1:07 AM

Taijuan Walker dealt seven innings of one-run ball versus the Giants, earning the win on Monday as the Mariners rode to a 5-1 victory.

The only run came in during the second inning, when Nori Aoki plated a run with a two-out infield single. Walker scattered seven hits overall, refusing to issue a walk while striking out six. It's been a troublesome year for Walker, but he's pitched much better as of late, owning a 1.55 ERA over his last four starts. On the season, the right-hander has an even 5.00 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and a 66/26 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. Walker will match up with the Astros at home in his next start.
Jun 16 - 1:26 AM

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