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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Taijuan Walker held the Indians to one run in six innings Wednesday to win for the third time this season.

Walker struck out six and walked two. He's turned in three straight quality starts, lowering his ERA from 7.33 to 5.40. He still has a ways to go, but things are definitely looking up. With a road start in San Francisco and a home start against the Astros next week, he wouldn't be a bad streaming option in any mixed leagues in which he was dropped.
Jun 10 - 11:07 PM

Taijuan Walker went eight innings but yielded three earned runs Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.

Walker pitched very efficiently, yielding only one walk and striking out seven over his eight strong frames, but Mark Teixeira tagged him for a solo shot in the second inning and Garrett Jones slugged a two-run blast in the fourth. Walker will carry a 2-6 record, 5.80 ERA, and 1.47 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Indians. He's shown some positive signs.
Jun 3 - 6:04 PM

Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings Friday in defeat the Indians.

We give up. Walker is simply inscrutable. He struck out eight and walked none in this one after entering the day with a 39/23 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. The win was just his second to go along with five losses, and even after the gem, his ERA stands at 6.18. The talent is certainly there to produce more outings like this, but who knows what might materialize next?
May 30 - 1:53 AM

Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs over just 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Things started out well enough for Walker, as he held the Jays off the scoreboard for the first four innings. That's when things unraveled, with both Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion taking him deep in the fifth. Walker walked four on the day while yielding six hits. The youngster will take a disappointing 7.33 ERA into next weekend's start against the Indians.
May 24 - 4:10 PM

Taijuan Walker yielded four runs over 3 2/3 innings but got a no-decision in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Orioles.

Thankfully for Walker, Nelson Cruz had hit a three-run home run to give him some cushion, so he left in a tie ballgame. Walker allowed a ton of base runners, walking four while allowing seven hits and striking out only three. The 22-year-old has been very Jekyll-and-Hyde so far, typically either pitching very well or getting hammered. He owns an unsightly 7.47 ERA with a 1.85 WHIP and a 36/19 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings. If he's going to rebound, he'll have to do so against the powerful Blue Jays on Sunday in Toronto.
May 19 - 10:37 PM

Taijuan Walker held the Padres to two runs in six innings but took the loss Wednesday.

Walker pitched perfectly fine, striking out six and walking only one, but he couldn't keep pace with James Shields. The young right-hander has been all over the place this year, making him an extremely shaky mixed league proposition. It's worth noting that he's striking out a batter an inning and retains plenty of shine. Now 1-4 with a 7.22 ERA, Walker next tangos with the Orioles to kick off a two-start week.
May 14 - 1:13 AM

The Mariners have flipped Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias in the starting rotation.

This means that Walker will start Wednesday against the Padres while Elias will get the call Thursday against the Red Sox. The Mariners had an off-day on Monday, so Walker will still be going on regular rest.
May 12 - 12:30 PM

Taijuan Walker pitched five innings and allowed three runs Friday in a no-decision against the A's.

Walker struck out six and walked two. Considering that he was coming off a massacre in a loss to Houston, this isn't such a bad result. At the very least, he put off any decisions about his future for another week.
May 9 - 2:14 AM

Taijuan Walker was knocked around by the Astros on Saturday, surrendering eight runs (seven earned)--including three home runs--in just three innings.

Walker was coming off of one of his best starts of the season after shutting down the Rangers over seven innings on Monday, but he followed it up with one of his worst. The Mariners held an early 3-0 lead before Walker squandered the advantage. The Astros scored two runs on a few light hits in the second inning. The hits were not so light in the third, when a two-run homer by Evan Gattis and a solo Colby Rasmus shot put the Astros up 5-3. Walker allowed two singles to open the fourth before a three-run homer by Jose Altuve ended his night. He now holds a 7.54 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP, plus a 21/12 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings. A slight positive, at least: He's walked only two over his last ten innings, an improvement over his free-pass slinging ways to open the season. Walker will try to put this one behind him when he faces the A's in his next start.
May 3 - 12:07 AM

Taijuan Walker was dominant against the Rangers in a win on Monday, allowing just an unearned run in seven innings.

The unearned run scored in the fourth inning, when Brad Miller made a poor throw after fielding an Elvis Andrus grounder, which would have otherwise been an inning-ending out. Walker gave up six hits, walked one, and struck out five. The right-hander had racked up three mediocre starts to begin the season. Monday's outing lowers his ERA to 6.86. He's also carrying an abysmal 2.29 WHIP and a 19/11 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. Walker will look for continued success when he faces the Astros in Houston next.
Apr 27 - 11:50 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
2Chris Taylor
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
2Dustin Ackley
CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
7Mike Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Carson Smith
2Fernando Rodney
3Charlie Furbush
4Tom Wilhelmsen
5Joe Beimel
6Mark Lowe
7Vidal Nuno
8David Rollins