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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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Jon Niese tossed seven scoreless innings against the Brewers on Saturday, picking up his second win of the campaign.

Niese only needed 96 pitches to get through seven scoreless frames. He walked three, allowed three hits, and struck out three. The lefty also induced 13 ground-ball outs, which helped him stay out of trouble despite his tendency to not miss many bats. Niese owns a 3.50 ERA through three starts, yet remains limited in terms of his fantasy value. He’s scheduled to face the Padres on the road next week.
Apr 16 - 10:13 PM

Jon Niese surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over six innings Monday against the Tigers but picked up his first win of the 2016 regular season.

Pittsburgh's offense hammered Tigers starter Justin Verlander for seven runs on 10 hits, which allowed Niese to settle in and throw strikes. He whiffed five and walked just one, but Nick Castellanos tagged him for a solo shot in the second inning and J.D. Martinez added a solo bomb in the fifth. Miguel Cabrera then drove in Jose Iglesias on a Jordy Mercer error in the sixth, and Victor Martinez followed with a bloop RBI single. Niese will carry a 1-0 record and 5.73 ERA into his next start at home against the Brewers.
Apr 11 - 4:35 PM

Jon Niese recorded seven strikeouts but allowed five runs -- four earned -- across five innings in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Cardinals.

Niese looked sharp early on in getting a couple strikeouts in his first two frames, but the Cards eventually got to him and forced an early exit. The good takeaway was obviously the 7/1 K/BB ratio, and it's possible Niese could put up a nice season under pitching guru Ray Searage. He'll take on the Tigers the next time out.
Apr 5 - 11:10 PM

Jon Niese pitched six innings and allowed four runs Thursday in a no-decision against the Orioles.

Niese gave up two homers, but he lowered his spring ERA to 9.82. As bad as his performance has been this month, there's still no chance that he'll be bumped from the rotation in favor of Juan Nicasio prior to Opening Day.
Mar 24 - 5:21 PM

Jon Niese yielded four runs in three innings Tuesday against the Phillies.

He also gave up four runs to the Blue Jays his first time out this spring. Niese was a perfectly solid starter for the Mets, but some are expecting more from him this year, given all of the Pirates' success with veteran hurlers of late. The guess here is that he remains pretty average and doesn't factor in overly much in fantasy leagues. Still, we've been wrong before.
Mar 8 - 5:13 PM

Jon Niese yielded four runs and five hits in two innings Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Niese pitched a clean first before getting roughed up in his second inning of work. The left-hander is set to serve as the Pirates' No. 3 starter after coming over from the Mets for Neil Walker.
Mar 3 - 5:35 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Jon Niese from the Mets for 2B Neil Walker.

Niese isn't an ace by any stretch of the imagination, but the Pirates are getting themselves a dependable groundball-oriented arm in the trade. Over 176 2/3 innings with the Mets in 2015, the 29-year-old southpaw held a 4.13 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 113/55 K/BB ratio while compiling 9-10 record. He'll serve as a back-of-the-rotation piece for the Pirates, who have thrived in recent years with reclamation projects.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 06:31:00 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday hears that the Mets and Pirates are "making progress" on a Jon Niese-Neil Walker swap.

It's unclear if the Angels are still involved in talks. The Pirates have had Walker on the block for a while and have prioritized pitching as part of the return. Walker is projected to make a little over $10 million in arbitration in 2016 while Niese is owed $9 million. It could be a good way to address each team's area of need.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:17:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Mets and Pirates have discussed a Jon Niese-for-Neil Walker swap.

The Angels have also talked to the Pirates about a trade for Walker and have pitching to deal, but Niese could be a good fit. The southpaw is owed $9 million in 2016, which is basically a wash with Walker's projected salary, while his contract also includes a $10 million club option for 2017 and an $11 million club option for 2018 (with a $500,000 buyout on each). The 29-year-old southpaw had a 4.13 ERA over 29 starts and four relief appearances this past season. If the Mets were to deal Niese, they could attempt to re-sign Bartolo Colon for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:08:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that teams have been inquiring on Jon Niese.

The Mets need Niese to hold down a spot in their rotation until midseason when Zack Wheeler returns from Tommy John rehab, so it remains to be seen how willing they'd be to deal him. They'll surely listen, though, especially if they feel the need to free up a few more dollars for Ben Zobrist, who is their top target this winter.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets might be short a pitcher at some point in the NLCS if Jon Niese leaves the team following a death in his family.

Teams can't place players on the bereavement list during the postseason so if Niese leaves the team, they would have to play a man down. A starter for most of the regular season, Niese pitched to one batter in the NLDS.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Logan Verrett will start in Jon Niese's place in Philadelphia this week.

The Mets are shifting Niese to the bullpen now since that's the role he'll be used in come playoff time. The left-hander had posted back-to-back quality starts but overall has been inconsistent this season with a 4.16 ERA and just 112 strikeouts over 173 frames.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 10:42:00 AM

Jon Niese shut the Braves out over six innings to pick up the win on Monday.

With Niese's performance, the Mets' magic number falls to seven. The lefty scattered three hits (all singles) and two walks while striking out two. He is carrying a 4.16 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP and a 112/54 K/BB ratio over 173 innings. Niese will face the Reds in Cincinnati next.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 10:05:00 PM

Jon Niese posted a quality start in Sunday's no-decision against the Braves, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits over six innings.

Niese struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. The Braves burned him for a pair of RBI singles in the third courtesy of Adonis Garcia and Andrelton Simmons, then scored once more in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Michael Bourn. Niese entered the game having allowed 11 runs in his last two starts, so this was a nice rebound outing. He'll carry a 4.31 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into his next start.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 05:34:00 PM

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LF1Starling Marte
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CF1Andrew McCutchen
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Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
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