Taijuan Walker deservedly earned an All-Star nod throughout a first-half renaissance, along with his success largely predicated on protecting the ball within the yard.
Walker believed he was principally efficient over six innings on Sunday, however his latest development of coughing up residence runs continued with three early solo blasts costing him in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies at homer-friendly Residents Financial institution Park.
“That they had the three solo residence runs, and two of them had been reverse area within the first row, so I’m not mad about these,” Walker mentioned after struggling his fourth straight loss to even his file at 7-7. “Clearly I wished to get the win, however I felt like I gave [us] an opportunity to win at present.”
Whereas ex-Met Zack Wheeler was throttling his former group on two hits over 9 shutout innings, Walker was tagged for solo photographs by Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto within the first inning and Bryce Harper within the sixth to account for the entire Phillies’ runs towards him.
The 28-year-old Walker had given up simply six residence runs with a 2.50 ERA over 16 begins getting into the All-Star break final month. He now has been taken deep 10 occasions in his previous 5 begins, going 0-4 with a 9.86 ERA over that span.
“Possibly simply pitch choice, leaving balls over the center of the plate,” Walker mentioned when requested for a proof concerning the home-run improve. “And it’s summer time. I really feel like I gave up some balls that went to the warning observe within the first half. However it’s a bit hotter now, so the balls are carrying a bit extra, possibly.”
After yielding the 2 solo photographs within the first inning, Walker solely was reached for another hit till Harper’s opposite-field homer with two outs within the sixth.
By ending that body, Walker grew to become the primary Mets starter to finish six since Tylor Megill additionally recorded 18 outs on July 23. The standard begin additionally marked Walker’s finest statistical outing of the second half, which started for him with a first-inning knockout towards the Pirates on July 18.
Nonetheless, the Mets dropped to 9-15 because the break and slipped into third place behind the Phillies and the Braves within the NL East.
“Simply hold going, we’ve to be optimistic, and we’re,” mentioned Walker, whose 111 innings pitched characterize his most since throwing 157 for Arizona in 2017, the 12 months earlier than he underwent Tommy John surgical procedure. “We’re going by way of a bit tough patch proper now, nevertheless it occurs.”
“It’s a protracted season. There are nonetheless loads of ballgames left to go. I feel we’re going to catch fireplace and it’s going to be on the proper time.”