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Three Mets players we should expect a career year from in 2021

Feb 25, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) gathers with teammates during spring training workouts at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) gathers with teammates during spring training workouts at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 9, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker

I don’t think enough has been written about just how good Taijuan Walker can be for the Mets this year and next. Heading into his age 28 season, Walker is a young pitcher with a lot of years left on his arm.

To make matters even better, Walker is coming off of a very solid 2020 campaign which saw him finish 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 starts.

Injuries have been the biggest roadblock for Walker since his MLB debut back in 2013. Yet to reach 170 innings in any given season, health is all he really needs to put together a fantastic year with New York in 2021.

We have yet to see the full potential Walker can reach as a big league pitcher. Place him in Queens surrounded by some competitive yet supporting staff and I think we can get even more out of him in 2021.

Walker is a relatively easy choice to breakout and have the best year of his career. His three seasons with 20+ starts were relatively team. In 2015, he won a personal best 11 games but with a 4.56 ERA—the highest of his career. Two seasons later, he had a 3.49 ERA in 28 starts. However, his record was just 9-9.

After what he gave the Toronto Blue Jays down the stretch last season, it’s easy to see why Walker is a superb candidate to kick down the door and have the season everyone has been waiting for.

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