Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
By Ric Dickens
May 24, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) pitches against Toronto Blue Jays in first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Down: Taijuan Walker
Talk about a disappointment, Walker has been that and more. He had a phenomenal spring, a spring that warranted him the final starting spot in what was supposed to be one of the best starting rotations in the Majors. But for some reason he just hasn’t been able to carry it over.
In his last start against the Orioles, he was only able to go 3 2/3 innings for the Mariners, giving up four earned runs as well as walking four. Against the Blue Jays he went 5 2/3 innings giving up four earned runs again, and walking four. Walks and earned runs usually go hand in hand, and he hasn’t been able to locate his pitches, especially his fastball. Teams are well aware of his location issues, and are being patient and waiting for their pitch to hit. He isn’t getting deep into the game, and the Mariners’ bullpen is paying the price for his struggles.
For Walker, the question isn’t whether he has the stuff or not, the question is whether or not he can settle down and locate his pitches. Hopefully he is able to string together a couple good starts and generate some confidence going forward.
Next: Roenis Elias