April 18, 2021

Taijuan Walker shows renewed velocity in Mets debut (New York Post)


Taijuan Walker didn’t want to be “too amped” up for his first start of the season at Citi Field.

The Mets right-hander may have been guilty of that, but found a way to use it to his advantage.

Walker came out firing with a little extra zip on his fastball and looked sharp in his Mets debut, throwing six strong innings before the Mets came back for a wild 3-2 win against the Marlins on Thursday afternoon.

“The last couple weeks, I’ve been feeling really good,” said Walker, who began with four no-hit innings before giving up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. “My arm’s been feeling really good, mechanics and everything. I threw a lot of four-seam fastballs and just to see the velo up again was really nice to see. I know it was down a bit first year coming back from Tommy John, but just to see some [ninety-]fives and sixes again, consistently, was nice.”

After averaging 93.5 mph on his fastball last season — his first season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018 — Walker averaged 95.4 mph on the heater Thursday while throwing it for 31 of his 87 pitches. He had not hit an average of 95.4 mph…

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