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Jon Niese | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 218
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jon Niese was on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair Tuesday, taking the loss despite allowing one run over seven innings against the Cubs.
Niese allowed a lone run on four hits while also walking four on the evening. The lefty struck out five in the losing effort. It has become a bit of a pattern for Niese, who fell to 3-8 despite a decent 3.90 ERA. Niese still hasn't won since May 9, but he'll look to correct that Sunday at the Dodgers. Jun 30 - 9:38 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are "not in active discussions" with the Mets regarding Jon Niese.

He adds that Niese is just "one of many pitchers" the Dodgers are considering. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has also reported that the Cubs -- another club connected to Niese -- had discussions about the lefty but are "not on him now." Niese may very well wind up being traded, but Heyman says his market is "less than robust at present."
Jun 29 - 5:33 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are interested in Jon Niese.

It was Rosenthal who previously reported that the Cubs had interest in the lefty, and it appears we can add another team to the list. Niese has been up-and-down in 2015, posting a 4.12 ERA and just 58 strikeouts over 83 innings, but he would figure to offer both the Dodgers and Cubs a more stable option for the back-end of their rotation.
Jun 28 - 2:20 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs "have discussed" Jon Niese.

Rosenthal cautions, though, that the Cubs "would probably prefer someone better." Niese has been solid in June with a 3.46 ERA, but he's been inconsistent overall this season with a 4.12 ERA and just 58 strikeouts over 83 innings. Chicago is happy with their first four starters but would like to upgrade the No. 5 spot.
Jun 28 - 11:49 AM

Jon Niese held the Brewers to two runs over six innings in a no-decision on Tuesday.

Niese worked around eight hits and three walks in the start, his fourth consecutive quality start. The southpaw struck out three in the outing. The Mets eventually lost the game, leaving Niese at 3-7 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.52 WHIP on the year. Niese hasn't won since May 9, and he'll look to get back in the win column Sunday against the Reds.
Jun 23 - 11:13 PM

Jon Niese allowed three runs in seven innings in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

As far as results go, it was a solid start for Niese, who only gave up two of the three runs towards the end of his start. But he gave up seven hits in total and walked four, so one could argue he pitched worse than the results indicated. He also struck out six. Niese started off the season strong, but has a 6.30 ERA in seven starts since May 14. He'll look to turn things around next week in a road start against the Brewers.
Jun 17 - 9:51 PM

Jon Niese yielded four runs -- two earned -- in seven innings Thursday against the Giants.

Niese didn't hang around long enough to factor into the decision, but the Mets won one of his starts for the first time since May 9. He had been 0-4 with a 7.96 ERA in his last five outings.
Jun 11 - 11:23 PM

Jon Niese yielded three runs in six innings and struck out eight Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Even if it was another loss, Niese needed the quality start, especially with the Mets going back down to five starters. He topped his previous season high in strikeouts by two. One would think it'd be good enough to keep him in the rotation for now, especially since he probably wouldn't be of use in relief.
Jun 6 - 12:50 AM

Jonathan Niese struggled in Saturday's loss to the Marlins, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits over four innings.

Niese struck out three without walking a batter. After serving up a two-run double to Donovan Solano in the second inning, he surrendered a long solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the third and a slightly less majestic two-run shot to J.T. Realmuto in the fourth. The poor start was nothing new for Niese, who has now given up 23 runs in his last 20 innings. He'll take a 4.42 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 37/17 K/BB over 57 innings into his next start, a road outing against the Diamondbacks next Friday.
May 30 - 7:24 PM

Jon Niese allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.

Niese struck out six, but also walked four and allowed seven hits in the unimpressive start. The Pirates scored on an RBI single by Jordy Mercer in the fourth, then tacked on three more in the fifth thanks to a two-run homer by Andrew McCutchen and an RBI single by Francisco Cervelli. Niese's numbers have been moving in the wrong direction over his last three starts, all of which have seen him allow more than four runs. He now holds a 4.08 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He'll try to rage against that bloated WHIP number in an afternoon home jaunt against the Marlins in his next scheduled start.
May 24 - 4:26 PM

Jon Niese didn't have much working Tuesday, allowing 11 hits and eight runs over five innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

After Monday's 14-inning marathon, the Mets needed innings out of Niese. It ended up leaving him blowing in the wind, as he allowed runs in five of the six innings in which he threw a pitch. The poor outing raised his ERA from 2.49 to 3.72. Niese will try to even his 3-4 record Sunday at the Pirates.
May 19 - 9:59 PM

Jon Niese was charged with six runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

Niese held the Cubs to one run over the first four innings before the Cubs put four on the board in the fifth. He was pulled with two on and one out in the seventh and the go-ahead run ended up scoring on a passed ball. The southpaw struck out two and walked one in the loss and saw his ERA shoot up from 1.95 to 2.49 on the year. He’ll attempt to bounce back next week against the Cardinals at home.
May 14 - 5:17 PM

Jon Niese limited the Phillies to two runs (none earned) on five hits over seven innings on Saturday.

Niese struck out six and walked one in what was almost a carbon copy of his Tax Day start against the Phillies. In that one, he went 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run on nine hits. He did even better in his rematch, striking out six and walking one while allowing just five hits. It took until the sixth inning for the Phillies to score and their two runs in the frame wouldn't be enough to deny Niese a solid victory. He improved his ERA to 1.95 and lowered his WHIP to a still questionable 1.43. Niese will try to keep rolling when he tangos through the ivy in a match-up with the Cubs next time around.
May 9 - 9:58 PM

John Niese pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering just one run over his seven innings of work.

Niese did allow nine hits, but the only run to cross the plate came on an infield single by Michael Taylor in the second inning. This would be the only run of the game, though, sticking Niese with the tough-luck loss. The veteran left-hander struck out five and walked just one. While the outward ERA looks great at 2.40, that's going to rise if he doesn't get his 1.54 WHIP under control. Niese has posted an ERA of 3.71 or lower in each of the last three seasons and he seems to be on that way in 2015, though it's unlikely that the number sticks in the current 2.40 range. He'll look to allow fewer hits against the Phillies in his next start.
May 2 - 10:02 PM

Jonathan Niese struggled in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday night, surrendering six runs (four earned) on eight hits over his five frames.

Niese struck out three and walked one on the night. The Mets defense certainly didn't do him any favors, committing four errors behind him. He gave up a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez in the first inning, then the Yankees broke the game open with a four-spot in the second. While he owns a 2.74 ERA, he sports a troublesome 1.61 WHIP and 14/9 K/BB ratio over 23 innings on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column against the Nationals on Friday.
Apr 26 - 10:54 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Johnny Monell
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Dilson Herrera
3Ruben Tejada
SS1Wilmer Flores
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Cesar Puello
CF1Juan Lagares
2Darrell Ceciliani
RF1Curtis Granderson
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Jon Niese
4Bartolo Colon
5Noah Syndergaard
6Steven Matz
7Rafael Montero
8Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Jenrry Mejia
3Carlos Torres
4Alex Torres
5Bobby Parnell
6Jerry Blevins
7Buddy Carlyle
8Sean Gilmartin
9Hansel Robles
10Erik Goeddel
11Jack Leathersich
12Josh Edgin
13Logan Verrett