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Jon Niese | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jon Niese admitted Thursday to battling fatigue in his left shoulder this spring.
He tweaked his delivery during an intrasquad game Thursday and said the shoulder "actually felt a lot better. I wasn’t fatigued at the end." Niese has dealt with shoulder problems each of the last two seasons and it seems clear at this point that he's probably never going to pitch at 100 percent again. There's been no indication that the shoulder will affect his readiness for Opening Day, but the ailment certainly lowers Niese's ceiling and makes him susceptible to stints on the disabled list. Mar 27 - 11:08 AM

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Jon Niese moved to 2-0 this spring by allowing one run in four innings as a Mets split-squad topped the Cardinals 7-2.

Niese had his good curve working today. He's become more important for the Mets in light of Zack Wheeler's injury. Given his occasional shoulder woes and the big decline in his velocity last year, he has a pretty risky profile. On the other hand, he has managed to make 84 starts with perfectly solid results the last three seasons.
Mar 19 - 5:57 PM

Joe Niese pitched scoreless ball for 3 2/3 innings Friday against a Braves split-squad.

Niese struck out three and walked one while facing backups and minor leaguers. It wasn't really much of a test, but Niese did get his work in.
Mar 13 - 6:03 PM

Jon Niese yielded two runs in 2 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

It appeared that Niese would get through three innings without incident, but the Red Sox got to him in the end. Xander Bogaerts drove in the first run with an opposite-field single one pitch after it looked like Niese had him struck out to end the frame. Niese walked the next batter and was removed.
Mar 8 - 4:48 PM

Jon Niese admitted Thursday that he "probably should’ve missed the first month of (last) season" due to a left shoulder issue.

Niese got a late start in 2014 because of what was called an elbow injury at the time, but it was the shoulder that was apparently the real culprit. He spent a few weeks on the disabled list in July with shoulder inflammation, revealing Thursday that it felt "like there (were) knives in my shoulder." The good news is that Niese says he "feels normal" now. The bad news is he's dealt with shoulder problems each of the last two seasons, so he can't be considered a safe bet health-wise.
Feb 6 - 9:49 AM's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers are expected to talk to the Mets about Jon Niese and Dillon Gee and to the Marlins about Andrew Heaney and Nathan Eovaldi.

The Rangers are casting a wide net in their search for starting pitching, as they've also been connected to Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy. The Mets are shopping Niese, Gee and Bartolo Colon, with Gee being seen as the most likely to be dealt. It seems unlikely that the Marlins would deal Heaney, but they might listen on Eovaldi since he's reached arbitration.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Jon Niese was removed from the sixth inning of Friday's start against the Astros due to an elevated heart rate.

While it sounds very serious, the Mets don't believe it to be a major issue and were simply taking a precautionary approach. It's certainly encouraging news that his departure wasn't injury related. He finishes his 2014 campaign with a 9-11 record, 3.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 138/45 K/BB ratio over 187 2/3 innings of work.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:13:00 PM

Jon Niese was removed from Friday's start against the Astros in the sixth inning due to an apparent injury.

Niese had fired 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out four before departing. It's unclear exactly the cause or severity of the injury, but he walked off the field and into the clubhouse with the team trainer. The Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 08:58:00 PM

John Niese allowed two runs in 8 1/3 innings in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Braves.

Niese struck out five and walked one, scattering seven hits over his eight and a third innings. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run single in the eighth to put a dent in Niese's line, but otherwise he held the Braves down. This season, Niese has been serviceable in a slightly-above-average way for the Mets. His ERA sits at 3.50 and his WHIP at 1.29. Batters are hitting .271 against the lefty. He'll take those numbers into a showdown with the Astros next weekend in his final start of the season.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Jon Niese was terrific Sunday but was saddled with a loss, going seven innings and allowing two runs against the Nationals.

Niese cruised through six scoreless frames, but the Nats finally got to him in the seventh with an infield single and a Wilson Ramos home run. The left-hander struck out seven on the day while yielded six hits and no walks. Niese will take a 3.55 ERA into Atlanta next weekend.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:09:00 PM

Jon Niese yielded one run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings Monday in the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Monday.

Niese wasn't involved in the decision after leaving a 1-1 tie. The Mets rallied for two off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth, with Wilmer Flores delivering the game-winning sac fly. Niese ended up striking out seven and walking one in what could be considered his best outing since coming off the DL in July. He hadn't struck out as many as seven batters since fanning eight Brewers on June 12.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:29:00 PM

Jon Niese earned his eighth win of the season, yielding six runs over six innings on Tuesday against the Marlins.

The Marlins had no problems squaring up the lefty, who gave up 10 hits -- including a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton -- while walking none and striking out four. The Mets were able to provide plenty of run support, however. Niese has had mixed results since returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break, sporting a 4.97 ERA in nine starts. Overall, he has a 3.68 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 115/43 K/BB ratio. Niese will take the hill at home against the Rockies on Monday next.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Jon Niese suffered his 10th loss of the season, allowing three runs over 7 1/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Braves on Thursday.

Niese had been struggling in the second half following his return from the disabled list, posting a 4.63 ERA in his last seven starts entering Thursday's outing. The Braves tallied nine hits and a walk, but were only able to push across the three runs, two of which scored in the eighth. Niese also struck out five on the evening. The lefty has a 3.48 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 111/43 K/BB ratio, which he'll take into Tuesday's road start against the Marlins.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Jon Niese allowed five runs (two earned) over six-plus innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

This wasn't an impressive outing, but we're pleased to report Niese kept the Dodgers in the yard. He came into the evening having coughed up five homers over his last 19 innings after yielding only five over the 65 2/3 frames before that. Niese, now 7-9 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, gets the Braves next week.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:53:00 AM

Jon Niese pitched six innings of three-run ball in the Mets 7-3 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

Niese allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out six over his six innings of work. The win pushed his record to 7-8. These are the sorts of boringly quality starts we've come to expect from Niese, who generally occupies the creamy middle of allowing three to five runs an outing. Niese doesn't generally do worse than five, but you'd be pleasantly surprised if he allowed less than three. All of this adds out to a perfectly serviceable 3.50 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, along with a 96/37 K/BB ratio over 135+ innings.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:28:00 PM

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C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
3Johnny Monell
1B1Lucas Duda
2Eric Campbell
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF1Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Zack Wheeler
4Bartolo Colon
5Jon Niese
6Dillon Gee
7Rafael Montero
8Cody Satterwhite
Relief Pitcher
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Alex Torres
6Jerry Blevins
7Bobby Parnell
8Buddy Carlyle
9Scott Rice
10Erik Goeddel
11Dario Alvarez
12Josh Edgin