Taijuan Walker's second halves won't be missed by NY Mets fans
There were times Taijuan Walker was the best pitcher on the Mets. Those times were then followed by infuriating second halves. Mets fans won't miss this inconsistency. The contract he signed ended up being worthwhile because of how good he was to begin seasons, but he faltered when the Mets needed him most in both seasons he was here.
In Walker's first season with the Mets, he was an all-star after posting a 2.66 ERA in his first 17 appearances. That ERA rose to 7.13 in the second half as the Mets fell out of contention. With Jacob deGrom out, the Mets needed Walker to really step up and continue pitching well. He ended up being one of the worst pitchers in baseball in that second half.
The same can be said about this past season. Walker was an all-star snub after posting a 2.55 ERA in 16 starts. The second half wasn't as bad, but a 4.80 ERA is not what Mets fans were looking for.
Walker seemed to just run out of gas when the Mets needed him most. He was really good to begin seasons but didn't get the job done down the stretch.
Walker is now in Philadelphia, where Mets fans will see him often. Hopefully the Mets get to face him in the second half more than the first.