Taijuan Walker on being pulled after five innings: 'I felt I should have gone out for the sixth'

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Mets manager Luis Rojas was recently criticized for pulling starter Marcus Stroman too early on Tuesday, after the righty had thrown 89 pitches in a loss to the Cardinals.

On Friday, Taijuan Walker was pulled after 88 pitches and five innings of work, having allowed two runs. Stroman defended the move on Tuesday, but Walker made it clear that the decision to take him out on Friday wasn’t one he agreed with.

“I felt good. I felt great tonight,” Walker said. “I felt like I did what I was doing, I was cruising. I gave up a solo shot in the fifth inning, but I really felt like they should have given me a chance to go back out there for the sixth. It’s frustrating. I want to go out there and pitch and go as deep as possible. I know my second half hasn’t been the greatest, but in that moment, I felt like I should have gone out for the sixth.”

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Walker came off the mound after the top of the fifth, expecting to grab a bat and get ready to lead off the bottom of the inning, but Luis Guillorme instead took his spot, grounding out before Aaron Loup came in out of the bullpen to relieve Walker.

“There was