Taijuan Walker New York Mets

Age: 30 (August 13, 1992) | 6' 4" | 235lbs. | Throws: Right P-3
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
ARI NL 2018 0 0 0 0 3 3 13.0 15 1 5 9 3.46 1.54 1.46 3.5 6.2 .336 43/28/30 -1 -0
ARI NL 2019 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 1 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.0 0.0 .355 33/0/67 0 0
TOR AL 2020 2 1 0 0 6 6 26.1 22 3 11 25 1.37 1.25 1.22 3.8 8.5 .278 41/19/40 14 12
SEA AL 2020 2 2 0 0 5 5 27.0 21 5 8 25 4.00 1.07 1.20 2.7 8.3 .238 37/22/41 9 8
NYM NL 2021 7 11 0 0 30 29 159.0 133 26 55 146 4.47 1.18 1.25 3.1 8.3 .261 42/17/41 5 9
NYM NL 2022 12 5 0 0 29 29 157.0 143 15 45 132 3.50 1.20 1.20 2.6 7.6 .292 46/20/34 15 15
Career 10yrs 54 50 0 0 167 163 896.2 817 121 284 806 3.89 1.23 1.27 2.9 8.1 .288 n/a
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In today's baseball news at The Athletic:

Worst Boras pun: Taipei. MLB’s most famous agent has made it his goal at the GM meetings to craft a cadre of puns that elicits a groan from everyone under 35. The best/worst one comes in regard to client Taijuan Walker: 

  • “Taijuan is on an island, and I think the only question is: Who is willing Taipei?” 
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 10


Declines player option
November 7, 2022
Walker opted out of the final season on his contract with the Mets on Monday, electing to hit free agency.
In an unsurprising move, Walker has decided to forgo his $6 million player option for 2023 in pursuit of a more lucrative, longer-term deal on the open market. The 30-year-old returned to form in 2022, posting a 3.49 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 132 strikeouts over 157.1 innings in 29 outings with the Mets. With Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt also opting out of their contracts over the past two days and joining Walker in free agency, the Mets could be looking at a new-look rotation around centerpiece Max Scherzer in 2023.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 8

Taijuan Walker (P) NY-N - Aug. 17

Walker (back) underwent an MRI on Wednesday which showed no structural damage, though his availability for Sunday's scheduled start in Philadelphia remains up in the air, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The veteran right-hander was pulled from Tuesday's start after two innings due to back spasms, but the injury appears to be a minor concern. However, it remains to be seen if Walker will be able to make his next scheduled turn through the rotation or if he'll need to be pushed back a few days.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 18

Ne York Post:

The Mets saw their starting pitcher leave early for a second straight night.

Taijuan Walker did not come out for the third inning after pitching two scoreless frames against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday. He was replaced by R.J. Alvarez.

The Mets announced Walker departed due to back spasms.

Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker delivers during the first inning against the Braves at Truist Park on Aug. 16, 2022 in Atlanta.
Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker delivers during the first inning against the Braves.
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Alex Patton Alex
Aug 17

Taijuan Walker (P) NY-N - Jul. 06

Walker would like to sign a long-term deal with the Mets after his current contract expires, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The veteran right-hander has a player option for 2023 that could be worth up to $8.5 million, but his performance so far this season would likely earn a much bigger salary on the open market. Walker indicated this week that if he does opt out, he would prefer to sign a longer deal with the Mets rather than head elsewhere. "I've been on short-term deals my last two free agencies," said Walker. "It would be nice to do a longer-term deal and kind of just be set up in one place and know that I'm going to be here for a couple years. Maybe have my family settle in a little bit. That would be nice." 

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 7

The Post describes:

Walker flexed his muscle again Monday night. Save for an early home run allowed to Brandon Drury, he manhandled the Reds lineup in the Mets’ 7-4 victory at Great American Ball Park. The win was the Mets’ second straight and third in four games following their first three-game losing streak of the season. 

Over six innings, Walker allowed three earned runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. His ERA rose to 2.86, which ranks ninth in the NL. Walker has pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts and only once this season has he allowed more than four earned runs in a start. Over his last 11 starts he owns a 2.53 ERA, carrying the load with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer on the IL. Scherzer is scheduled to return Tuesday night for his first start since May 18. 

Taijuan Walker pitches on Monday during the Mets' win over the Reds.
Taijuan Walker pitches on Monday during the Mets’ win over the Reds.

“I think [Walker] has been awesome,” said Dominic Smith, who delivered a two-run double in the sixth that helped the Mets extend their lead. “He’s just showing what he showed us last year when he was an All-Star. It’s something he’s capable of doing and I know with our dogs out and our big horses out he’s definitely trying to put us on his back..."

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 5

The Post describes:

For a second time in three starts, Walker fired a seven-inning shutout. In this one he allowed five hits with two walks and six strikeouts, allowing the Mets (28-15) to leave town with a series victory. In 13 series this season, the Mets are 11-1-1. 

Buck Showalter was rewarded for his faith in allowing Walker to pitch the seventh when Luis Guillorme’s diving stop on Brian Serven’s grounder to third became the final out. This after Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil turned a double play on Jose Iglesias’ grounder. 

Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday during the Mets' win over the Rockies.
Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday during the Mets’ win over the Rockies. 

“You know that if the ball is put in play, we have guys that are going to go out there and dive for the ball and try to make every play,” Walker said. “When I get runners on I try to tell myself, ‘Ground ball, get a double play,’ and that’s what we did today.” 

This ballpark, one mile above sea level, might be hell for most pitchers, but for Walker it has been nirvana: in five career starts at Coors he is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA. 

“I think it’s maybe because of my splitter: keeping it down it kind of cuts, goes down and in, just does a little bit of everything,” Walker said. 

Alex Patton Alex
May 23

Have faith!  Start him.  Rockies' lineup is weak.  I am a chicken too, but a longtime Walker fan.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
May 15

I would sit him, but I'm a chicken.

John Hobbs Real-Joker
May 15

Two starts this week. One in Coors.  Pitch him or sit him?

joel schreier jschri
May 15