Taijuan Walker has made 10 starts for the New York Mets this year and you’d have no idea if all you did was watch him play live at Citi Field. Only 3 of his starts have taken place at home with the other 7 coming on the road.
Walker had the unique distinction of starting three games for the Mets on the road during their recent tip out west. Unfortunately, the Mets gave him 0 runs of support in the first two which left no room for error.
In his final start on the road trip, Walker picked up his fourth win of the year while striking out a season-high 10 Los Angeles Angels batters.
Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker has provided the team with some quality performances on the road
The recent losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres were the only two added to Walker’s stat sheet for the year. The Mets have, amazingly, only gone 5-5 in games where he has taken the hill. His record is 4-2 with a couple of no-decisions mixed in.
On the road, Walker is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA. Although the ERA is a tad higher than the 3.00 ERA he has at home in 2022, he has been more effective in his 37.2 innings away from Citi Field.
A couple of numbers include his 1.16 WHIP, 6.9 strikeouts per nine, and only 9 walks. Compared to his home performance with a 1.46 WHIP, 3.6 strikeouts per nine, and 7 walks in 15 innings, it’s important to note more than just the number of earned runs allowed.
Walker has also managed to hold batters to a .243/.288/.347 slash line on the road. At home, batters have knocked him around for a .263/.344/.351 line. He has managed to escape the damage thus far. Scheduled to make his next start at home, we’ll have to see if a strong road trip carries back to Flushing.
Despite his success, Mets fans have reason to be cautious about believing he has completely turned things around. He was performing far better at this point last year—on his way to his first All-Star selection.
The Mets will likely keep a close eye on Walker and his performance because of the possibility of history repeating itself. He completely fall apart last year in the second half. Monitoring his innings will be essential to having him available late in the year when they make their final push.