MLBbro Taijuan Walker spent the last two seasons of his career pitching for the New York Mets.
He experienced arguably the best two seasons of his career there, reaching the postseason in 2022 and becoming an All-Star in 2021. After eight seasons of middling production, Wlaker put it all together in New York.
After his success last year, the MLBbro chose to cash in by agreeing to a four-year contract worth $72 million with National League East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Walker returned to New York to face his former team yesterday and was met with a rough response. The Phillies would lose to the Mets 4-2.
The MLBbro lasted only four innings and did not display good command of any kind. Walker only allowed two hits, but one was a two-run home run by Mets Left Fielder Mark Canha.
Walker also walked three batters and only struck out two.
The Phillies had won four of their last five games in which Walker had started, despite him having some rough outings, but today the team could not provide any more support outside of two runs they brought across in the first inning.
Many Phillies fans have already soured on the MLBbro. His velocity has lowered, and command has been an issue. With an ERA over 5.00 and a WAR of 0.3, there is cause for concern.
Walker remains focused and is determined to right the ship.
Losers of seven out of their last ten games, the Phillies have much to be concerned about, but there is still time to gain ground in the crowded NL East.
Fans and those in the Philidelphia organization indeed wanted a better return on their investment in the MLBbro pitcher after seeing him go 12-5 in 29 starts last season.
If Walker can focus on command issues and currently boasts a 10.1% walk rate, he will be able to regain last year’s form. The team has secured the top of their rotation, but they have been looking for someone to step up in that third spot.
The MLBbro has the highest ERA of anyone in the starting rotation for the club, which is a bug let down on the heels of a large contract.
Hopefully, Thursday’s outing was the end of the current slump that Walker is enduring, and a major comeback is on the way