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…