Tai-what a debut
Sure it was against the Astros, but, that is a team that roughed up more than one Mariners starter this year prior to game time on Friday.
So, with that said, and maybe this is for another article altogether, but how do you folks think that his performance stood up to that of any other big name MLB debut from the M’s of past?
It’s got to be number one at first glance.
And yes again, it was only the Astros, a team that is full of players who would normally be AAA players that Walker is used to setting aside anyways, but what about the guts this kid had to fast track himself ahead of the likes of Danny Hultzen and James Paxton.
Sure, they had some injury problems this year, but Walker may just be the best out of the “big 3(4).”
I mean we’re not too far removed from when Eric Wedge had the conversation with the media regarding Walker’s inclusion on the Jackson Generals roster instead of the Tacoma Rainiers roster coming out of Spring Training.
And for him to pull a Mike Zunino and jump from AA, to a short stint at AAA, and all the way to the Show in one season is pretty remarkable.
Now there’s going to be some people out there that will say it was either him or Hector Noesi to take the place of recently DFA’d Aaron Harang, and Walker was just the better of the two.
That’s not necessarily untrue, but I think Walker paid his dues and was just too good a pitcher to keep shelved down in the minor’s any longer.
Well anyways, let’s get to the game itself shall we?
As Dave said at the beginning of the broadcast, “hopefully we’re gonna see the start of something big here in Houston.”
Well we did. Now let’s hope those first game jitters weren’t what propelled him to completely shut down the Astros.
If not for an error by Justin Smoak, Tai could’ve walked away with a big fat zero on the scoreboard. But at least the run was unearned.
His two K’s were nothing spectacular, numbers wise, but to be able to go five strong innings in what should have been a scoreless first outing is definitely remarkable.
This outing was just one more view into the crystal ball to see the glimmer of what will be here before we know it.
The growing pains will always be there with a young club, as we’ve seen with Smoak the past couple seasons, Dustin Ackley this year, and the mini slumps that Nick Franklin and Brad Miller have had this year.
This team will struggle, but they will also get better.
Seems pretty nice doesn’t it?
The link to the video is here courtesy of mariners.com