Taijuan Walker tossed seven shutout innings on Thursday against the Nationals, allowing three hits and a walk. He struck out one and earned the win, moving to 1-0.
It was a strange outing for Walker, who got just six whiffs and had a 21% CSW rate but was rarely in trouble. He allowed plenty of hard-hit balls, however, and his xFIP for the outing was a 4.32. Walker was getting treatment on his back throughout the start, so that's something to monitor going forward, but he's now down to a 3.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. He will take on the Cardinals in his next start.