TORONTO — Rookie starters Taijuan Walker and James Paxton are finishing their own seasons strong for Seattle, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon want the two youngsters to continue acquiring more work with some offseason starts either in the Arizona Fall Nfl or the Venezuelan Winter League soon after missing considerable time this year with shoulder issues.
Walker threw nine innings of one-run ball in his last start Wednesday in a 1-0 damage to the Blue Jays. McClendon likes precisely what he’s seen from the 22-year-old in the final two starts of the season.
‘Going into the Houston start, I had been really anxious to see them out there because I really wanted to view what he had,’ McClendon mentioned. ‘I left that start with a really good feeling, and when we got right here, I was anxious to see this start. I’m excited about him or her moving forward and obviously he’s used a big step. There’s a lot of make an effort to be done, and I’m sure he’ll almost certainly continue to get better.’
Walker finished the entire year with a 2-3 record and a A couple of.61 ERA in 8-10 games, including five starts off. His eight innings against the Blue Jays was a career best, since he’d never gone beyond six in his previous more effective big league starts.
‘That was obviously a good start to end the regular season on,’ Walker said. ‘I felt good the last a couple of starts and I was in an excellent groove. It’s something to build about for next year.’
Wednesday’s game finished in one hour and 59 mins, the quickest American League video game since the Rays beat the Royals in one hour in addition to 53 minutes on August. 9, 2011. Mark Buehrle regularity efficiently while allowing Washington just three hits, as well as Walker tossed a four-hitter pitching at an equally quick velocity.
‘It was a big game in addition to Buehrle was pitching a great recreation, too,’ said Walker. ‘So I had to go out there and pretty much keep up with him and put up zeros. It definitely became a confidence builder, going 8-10 innings, the longest of my occupation. Everything felt good.’
McClendon stated that quick approach was a constructive sign as well.
‘His pace has been real good in Texas, too,’ McClendon said. ‘He got the ball and got back on the mound. Not a lot of imagining, just competing, and that’s excellent.’
Paxton has gone 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 12 will start after missing nearly four months. He’ll make his final regular-season start Saturday against the Angels with Safeco Field.