Taijuan Walker vs. Josiah Gray | Melanated Mound Marauders Bounced Quickly In Nation’s Capital

Taijuan Walker vs. Josiah Gray | Melanated Mound Marauders Bounced Quickly In Nation’s Capital

Rough first innings for Taijuan Walker and Josiah Gray made it a not so great Sunday Funday in the matchup between melanated mound marauders.

The game between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals brought us the first career matchup between 2021 All-Star Taijuan Walker and former Dodgers top prospect Josiah Gray.

 

Gray took the mound first for the home team Nationals, and sadly it became clear before the first out was even recorded that we would not be witnessing a pitchers duel.

 

 

He allowed the first three Mets to reach base before giving up a two-run single. The score was 4-0 in favor of New York before Gray would even record the first out.

Gray would also give up home runs in both the second and third innings as he only lasted three innings allowing seven hits, six earned runs and striking out two on 87 pitches.

 

“They came out attacking early, and then coupled with my command not being there, not being great tonight, that was the result tonight,” said Gray who struggled for his second start in a row.


Gray is going to have to take his lumps and get acclimated to the Bigs during the final month of his 2021 season.  

He had six consecutive starts pitching at least five innings before that streak was snapped in last Monday’s start against the Phillies. The young hurler only lasted four innings and gave up seven runs — six of which were earned— and struck out four.

After going through a few post All-Star Game struggles, “Fly High” Taijuan Walker seemed to be rounding his way back into form after a successful August. However,  his first start of September showed otherwise.

 


He gave up a leadoff home run on a 3-1 pitch.  Then, later on that inning Walker would give up a two-run home run to #HighFive member Josh Bell which cut the lead to 4-3.

Bell would finish the game 1-for-2 at the plate drawing two walks and collecting two RBI.  Over his last seven games the switch hitting first baseman has a .308 average, a .419 on base percentage, three RBI and five walks.

 

 

Walker would settle down as he held the Nats off the scoreboard through four innings but would give up three runs in the fifth inning, including four singles, a wild pitch, and a walk to Josh Bell.

Walker lasted 4.1 innings, giving up the two home runs, striking out six batters and giving up six hits and six runs.

The Mets would end up winning the game 13-6 and took three out of four games against the Nationals.

This recent burst has elevated the Mets to just 3.5 games back of the second National League wild card spot, but time is running out. 

Both Walker and Gray will look to bounce back during their starts next weekend.

Gray will lead his Nationals into Pittsburgh for a game against the Pirates while Walker will get another taste of the Subway Series as his Mets take on the Yankees.

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NY Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker tries to get his first win since the All-Star break  for the National League East leaders.

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NY Mets exceptional Black pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker, were crushing it at Citi Field with the All-Black jerseys against Cincinnati Reds on July 30. The Mets haven’t worn them since 2012.

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Taijuan Walker goes for win No. 8 on Thursday afternoon when the right-hander totes the mound as the New York Mets finish a key series against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Mookie Betts Has 12 Hits In Last 16 AB | MLBbros On The Playoff Chase

Mookie Betts Has 12 Hits In Last 16 AB | MLBbros On The Playoff Chase

While the first half of the MLB season can seem to drag, the second half is where we really get some quality baseball.

 

Teams across the league will be making deals up to the trade deadline to strengthen their clubs for a pennant race, and for the MLBbros mentioned below, the remaining games have a lot more riding on them; the postseason.

 

Mookie Betts 

Betts has been on fire in his last four games. After a perfect 4-for-4 night against Colorado on Saturday, Mookie has 12 hits in his last 16 at bats (.750 BA).

 

 

He’s raised his season average from .247 on July 4th to .271 and the second half of the season is looking like a monster mash for Mookie.

That’s good news for the Dodgers who sit one game behind San Francisco in the NL West division, with the Uber talented Padres sitting in the cut, 4.5 games behind LA and ready to make a run.

Dodgers’ fans held their collective breaths when Betts announced he wouldn’t be participating in this year’s  All-Star game, but the superstar quickly put all worry to rest.

“There’s no break in baseball, so this is the only time I can really get a break of more than a day,” Betts said.” I just want to use it to the best that I can. I would love to be in the All-Star Game, but I think we all know the goal is to win a World Series.”

That last sentence is exactly what you want to hear from your superstar.

The fact that he’s having a down year by his standards probably played into his decision-making as well. This has been a rough start to 2021 for Mookie on many different levels.

 I’m expecting Mookie to take his game to another level and send this team right back to the top of the West.

 

Tim Anderson

The Chicago White Sox have lived up to the offseason hype and Anderson is a major reason why.

The White Sox have continued to dominate their AL Central counterparts, despite major injuries to Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and other key players.

With the AllStar and 2019 batting champ at the top of the lineup, the White Sox have been able to maintain the 4thbest run differential in baseball, but will need even more if the want to beat powerhouses like Houston and Los Angeles.


Taijuan Walker 

Walker’s two-year, $20 million deal (with a third year teamoption for $6 million) has turned into the steal of 2021 free agency, and the Mets have every reason to believe things will continue to get better.

He came to tote serious rubber off the rip.

 

Now, two full years removed from Tommy John surgery, Walker has blossomed into an All-Star and true top of the line starter for the Mets.

Their lead in the NL East currently sits at 2.5 games, but if Walker continues to dominate hitters like he has, there will be some great baseball in Queens this fall.

 

Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien is the latest athlete to take the old phrase “Bet on yourself ” and run with it.

 

 

After being denied a qualifying offer from the Oakland A’s, Semien took a one-year prove-it deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He even switched positions after establishing himself as a Major League quality shortstop.

The results have been nothing short of spectacular, as Semien has been the best second baseman in baseball this season.

With the Blue Jays slated to head back across the border, the Jays will need Semien if they have any chance of closing the eight-game gap between themselves and the first-place Red Sox.

If not, a wildcard berth may be the best case scenario in Toronto.