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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 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

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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

Jon Niese allowed only a solo home run over 6 2/3 innings of work in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Niese limited the Braves to four hits while walking four and striking out five. The only damage came in the seventh inning, when Cameron Maybin hit a solo homer to get the Braves on the board. That's now three straight starts in which Niese has allowed just one earned run, giving him a 1.50 ERA but a 1.76 WHIP. A subway series showdown with the Yankees at Yankee Stadium is up next for Niese on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 9:52 PM

Jon Niese limited the Phillies to one run on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings as the Mets coasted to a 6-1 win on Tuesday.

Niese allowed base runners, also walking two along with the nine hits, but pitched well enough to force the Phillies to strand 11 men on base. He also struck out four on the evening. Niese's results are a bit better than his performance would indicate thus far, owning a 1.59 ERA with a 6/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Braves at home in his next start.
Apr 15 - 10:05 PM

Jon Niese allowed three runs (one earned) over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Braves.

Niese gave up a leadoff home run to Cameron Maybin, but a pair of fielding errors by Wilmer Flores opened the door for the other two runs. The southpaw allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out a pair. Niese has had some physical concerns over the past two seasons, but he still manages to be a useful starter. However, his appeal in mixed leagues is rather limited.
Apr 11 - 12:23 AM

Jon Niese blanked the Nationals for six innings in the Mets' 2-0 victory Tuesday.

Niese's shoulder just isn't trustworthy, but he seems to find a way to put up solid numbers anyway. He's 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA this spring, even though he admitted to fatigue in the area last week. He'll probably miss at least a few weeks over the course of the year, but he should have some NL-only value anyway.
Mar 31 - 4:53 PM

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

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

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