Mariners Game Recap: Cano, Walker Lead M’s Past Halos

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Mar 30, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Add the Los Angeles Angels to the list of teams Taijuan Walker has dominated this spring. Walker allowed just 1 run on 3 hits across 7 innings on Monday afternoon in Peoria. Walker struck out 5 Angels, and did not issue any free passes. Matt Joyce’s home run was the lone blemish on what was otherwise an outstanding outing from the 22-year-old right-hander.

Taijuan Walker entered camp locked in a battle with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the final spot in the Mariners’ starting rotation, but Walker’s unbelievable performance this spring made Lloyd McClendon’s decision an easy one. Walker’s scoreless inning streak was broken this afternoon at 19, but he has only allowed 1 run across 25.0 innings pitched. The Yucaipa, CA product has tallied 24 punch-outs, and he has allowed just 4 walks.

Walker is the Mariners fifth starter, and I have high hopes for him in 2015. If he can carry over his success from this spring into the regular season, he could easily be an All Star this year.

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