Former NY Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker has had a good year for the Philadelphia Phillies
At first, it seemed like Taijuan Walker's deal with the Phillies was going to be one of the worst deals signed in the 2022 offseason. He got off to a horrific start, posting a 6.53 ERA through his first nine starts. Since then, he's been a completely different guy.
Since May 21, Walker has a 2.64 ERA in 13 starts and 78.1 innings pitched. He's lowered his ERA from the aforementioned 6.53 to 3.99 and it keeps getting lower.
The Phillies have gone 11-2 in Walker's great stretch which is why they're even in the Wild Card hunt to begin with. Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez have had down years for Philadelphia, so having Walker step up for a prolonged stretch like this has come in handy for the reigning NL champs.
Things didn't start well for Walker, but the Mets sure could've used what he's been doing in their rotation. The second half is here, and Walker has a history of falling apart in second halves, so we'll see how long his success lasts. For now, we can only wonder what the Mets season would've looked like if they had Walker in the first half.