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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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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

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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'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

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1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Danny Muno
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
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CF1Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
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Starting Pitcher
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Jon Niese
4Bartolo Colon
5Dillon Gee
6Zack Wheeler
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5Alex Torres
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