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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

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