May 8, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) throws out a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Prince Tai Surrenders 3 Runs in 5 Innings
Tai Walker pitched better on Friday night at Safeco Field. I am not going to say he pitched great, but his performance was encouraging. Walker allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits across 5 innings this evening. He struck out 6 and walked 2. Prince Tai was far from perfect tonight, but 59 of his 97 pitches found the strike zone.
This season has not gone as planned for the 22-year-old. Apart from his outing on April 27 in Texas, Walker has failed to make it out of the 6th inning in any of his 6 starts in 2015. Prince Tai put together a phenomenal spring training, but his 1-3 record and 8.13 ERA leave plenty to be desired. Despite his recent struggles, Walker’s spot in the M’s starting rotation should be safe until Hisashi Iwakuma is ready to return. The imposing right-hander has all the ability to be a top flight starter in the league, but he needs to develop more consistency.
Taijuan Walker will get the ball next for the Mariners on May 14 when Seattle plays host to the Boston Red Sox.
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