Taijuan Walker has had an impressive season so far for the New York Mets.
Coming off a season where he was named an All-Star for the first time in his career, he was ready to have more success this season. And he already has more wins than he did last year.
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Walker, who has nine wins on the season, ranks third on the team in that category and has had multiple outings where he dominated opposing teams.
Today, he’ll look to secure his 10th win of the season against the Cincinnati Reds.
Hopefully he will not have an outing like he did against the Atlanta Braves.
It was not Walker’s night on August 5 against the reigning World Series champs, Atlanta Braves.
The Braves got to Walker quick in the first inning, scoring eight runs and hitting two home runs to secure a 9-6 victory.
Walker only lasted one inning and after the game he admitted he did not have his best stuff out there.
“It wasn’t a good day for me,” Walker said in an article from The New York Post. “I don’t want it to happen in a big series like this, but it did and I’m going to move on from it. … My velo wasn’t very good today either and I was leaving too many balls over the middle of the plate. I didn’t do my job today and the bullpen had to wear it, which I’m not proud of at all.”
“I just didn’t have command of my fastball today,” he said. “My splitter was up, didn’t land any sliders for strikes and I left balls over the middle of the plate and they hit me hard.”
Walker snapped a streak of 15 straight starts in which he allowed four runs or fewer.
Going into that game, Walker won his two previous starts coming against the Miami Marlins and the New York Yankees.
Despite that disastrous outing against the Braves, Walker’s numbers this year are still impressive.
Through 19 starts, he has a 3.45 ERA with 80 strikeouts.
Prior to the start against the Braves, the most runs Walker allowed this season was six and that was back in May against the Philadelphia Phillies.
This will be an opportunity for Walker to redeem himself and get back to showing how effective he can be on the mound.
Walker has had success against the Reds this season. Last month he made a start against Cincinnati and picked up the win, going six innings while striking out nine and giving up three runs.
With the Mets being in a good position to make the postseason, Walker will play a key role, especially toward the end of the season.
And Walker has that competitive edge to himself where he wants to win at all cost.
Expect him to be on his A game against the Reds and throughout the remainder of the season.