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Jon Niese | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / NYM
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Jon Niese was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Giants in Thursday's loss.
About the only good thing one can say about Niese's season is that he's gone at least five innings in all 15 of his starts. He has a 4.93 ERA, and he's given up 18 homers in 87 2/3 innings. Two years ago, he surrendered 17 homers in 187 2/3 innings for the Mets. His career high for homers allowed is 22, but he's set to blow past that. Jun 23 - 4:22 PM

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Jon Niese allowed four runs on six hits, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Niese gave up solo shots to Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross, giving him 17 home runs allowed in 14 starts this year. He also walked four in the game, another issue that has plagued him for much of the year. The southpaw dropped to 6-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with the loss, and he'll next take on the Giants on Thursday.
Jun 19 - 12:13 AM

Jon Niese was clobbered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Niese struck out five and walked one in the ballgame. The Cardinals struck early and often in this one, with a run in the first, three more in the third and another four in the sixth to chase Niese from the contest. He also gave up a pair of homers in the contest, to Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk. He'll carry a disappointing 4.60 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Cubs in Chicago.
Jun 12 - 8:35 PM

Jon Niese tossed seven shutout innings Tuesday in the Pirates' defeat of the Mets.

Niese held the Mets to four hits and two walks while striking out two. The left-hander has been on a roll since early May and finally has his season ERA back under 4.00 (it's currently at 3.93). Niese will try to keep it all working next time out against the rival Cardinals.
Jun 7 - 6:55 PM

Jon Niese is lined up to start Saturday against the Cardinals.

Niese is pitching in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, so this means that he would be going on short-rest on Saturday. There has been some speculation about a possible call-up for either Tyler Glasnow or Jameson Taillon, but as of now, the Pirates aren't going that way.
Jun 7 - 12:34 PM

Jon Niese will start Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Pittsburgh will go with Juan Nicasio in Game 2. The Mets are starting Steven Matz in Game 1 and Jacob deGrom in the nightcap.

The Mets and Pirates will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Monday's game was postponed due to rain in the Pittsburgh area, so they'll play two on Tuesday, with the first game beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. No official word yet on the scheduled starters for each game, but the Pirates figure to go with Jon Niese and Juan Nicasio while the Mets should line up with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom.
Jun 6 - 11:18 PM

Monday's game between the Mets and Pirates has been postponed due to rain in the Pittsburgh area.

No makeup date has been announced. Monday's starters, Jon Niese and Steven Matz, will presumably be pushed back to Tuesday.
Jun 6 - 8:45 PM

Jon Niese surrendered a pair of runs on six hits and three walks over five innings in Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins.

Pretty standard outing for Niese, aside from the half-dozen strikeouts. He kept the ball on the ground, walked three, and allowed two runs over just five innings -- which was all just pedestrian enough to accurately reflect the lefty’s fantasy value. He’s already won five times this year and will benefit from being on one of the stronger clubs in the National League. Don’t expect much else, though. He now has a 4.36 ERA in 64 innings this year.
Jun 1 - 10:25 PM

Jon Niese picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, firing six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers in Arlington.

Niese walked one and struck out two in the stellar outing. The only blemish on his evening was a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning. He'll look to build on this strong outing when he brings a 4.42 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Marlins in Miami.
May 28 - 12:29 AM

Jon Niese kept the potent Rockies offense largely in check Saturday, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings in a no-decision.

Niese gave up an RBI double to Mark Reynolds in the top of the first inning but was otherwise strong, walking one while striking out four. It was the continuation of a string of improved starts for the southpaw, who now has three straight quality starts under his belt. That all adds up to a 4.75 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in nine starts overall. Niese will look to keep the ball rolling Friday at the Rangers in an interleague date.
May 21 - 10:19 PM

Jon Niese struck out six while holding the Braves to two runs across six innings in Monday's 8-5 win.

A Jeff Francoeur two-run homer in the sixth inning was unfortunate, but overall Niese will take the outing. He yielded five hits and issued a pair of walks on the night. It's a second straight quality start for Niese, although the outings have come against the Reds and Braves. He'll take on the Rockies at home over the weekend.
May 16 - 11:04 PM

Jon Niese was undone by the home run ball Monday, serving up three solo shots over 6 2/3 frames in a loss to the Reds.

The left-hander was able to limit the damage otherwise, but solo homers by Zack Cozart, Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart did him in. He surrendered seven hits on the night, walked one and struck out four. Niese has been a disappointment so far for the Bucs, sporting a 5.63 ERA over his first seven starts. He'll have a tough matchup against the Cubs at Wrigley this weekend.
May 9 - 9:58 PM

Jon Niese was knocked around for six runs over five frames in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

It was an ugly night for Niese, as he surrendered nine hits, walked five and also hit a batter. There was reason to believe that Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage could work some magic with Niese, but so far it hasn't worked out. He's sporting a 5.94 ERA and has allowed at least four runs in four of six outings. The southpaw will try for better results next week in Cincinnati.
May 3 - 9:56 PM

Jon Niese yielded five runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Rockies.

Niese left with a 7-4 lead in the sixth, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. It's not like Niese can complain, though; he's currently sitting at 3-0 despite a 5.08 ERA. There's little here to suggest he'll be useful in mixed leagues going forward.
Apr 28 - 2:06 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Erik Kratz
4Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6A.J. Schugel
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Kyle Lobstein
9Juan Nicasio