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Taijuan Walker flourishing early in 2021 season

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NBC Sports EDGE's Drew Silva explains how Taijuan Walker is proving to be the Mets' best offseason acquisition thus far.

Video Transcript

DREW SILVA: Looking back at the Mets array of off-season moves, Francisco Lindor and James McCann drew most of the attention. And the pursuit of George Springer was certainly a big headline or two. But all three of those players have been relative non-factors in fantasy baseball as of mid-May.

Taijuan Walker, meanwhile, is absolutely flourishing. New York signed the 28-year-old right-hander to a two-year $20 million free agent contract about a week before the start of spring training. And he has rewarded that late off-season investment with a 2.20 ERA, 1.02 whip, and 39 strikeouts through his first 31 innings.

As of this recording, the Mets are 6-1 in Walker's seven starts and sitting at the very top of the standings in a highly competitive NL East. Walker has hinted at being a top of the rotation type of starter in the past, with the Mariners in the early part of his career and with the Diamondbacks a couple of years ago. He also had a 1.37 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26 and 1/3 innings down the stretch last season with the Blue Jays.

Which makes you think again, why didn't the Blue Jays make it more aggressive pursuit to bring Walker back? They did sign Springer, who so far has appeared in just four games through the first six plus weeks of the season, due to oblique and quad injuries.

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