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49 Jonathon Niese SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/218 | Birthdate: 10/27/1986 | Birthplace: Lima, OH | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,050,000 | Owned/Started%: 22/8 | Average Draft Position: 245.34
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Mets P Jonathon Niese has strong seven innings in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese lost his eighth game of the season in Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat to the Cubs. 

Niese pitched a fine game as he allowed only four hits while walking four batters and striking out five in seven innings. However, the Mets' hitters didn't do Niese any favors in the run support department. Niese has a 2.70 ERA over his past three games. 

For the season, Niese is now 3-8 with a 3.90 ERA. 


Trade market for Mets SP Jonathon Niese not currently robust


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) The trade market for Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese is less than robust at the present time, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The Cubs were one team that kicked the tires regarding a trade for Niese, but they are no longer pursuing the left-handed reliever.

Fox Sports reports Niese is one of many pitchers the Dodgers are considering, according to sources. However, there is no active discussions between the two teams.

Niese is 3-7 with a 4.12 ERA through 14 starts. He is 0-5 with a 5.87 ERA in his last eight starts after beginning the season 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA in six starts.


Report: Cubs, Dodgers interested in Mets' Jonathon Niese


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) The Cubs and Dodgers are interested in acquiring Mets' pitcher Jonathon Niese, according to a report by the New York Post.

Niese is 3-7, 4.12 in 14 starts this year. 


Mets going to six-man rotation, Steven Matz to debut Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz will make his MLB debut Sunday against the Reds, general manager Sandy Alderson announced Friday.

Alderson also said the team will go to a six-man rotation for the "foreseeable future," as Matz will join a rotation that features Bartolo Colon, Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.

"They're on board," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per NJ.com. "As Sandy alluded to, certainly this is in their best interest, a few of them. At the time we did it before things were moving pretty good, guys were pitching pretty well. We went back, we changed it, couple guys didn't pitch all that good even on regular rest.

"They understand we're going to give this a shot, we're going to take a good strong look at it. It's to benefit the whole organization, basically, so that we look up and everybody is pitching. We're not pushing guys back, we're not skipping, guys are out there and competing. That's what they want to do."    

Matz's arrival means Niese will get bumped from Sunday to Tuesday against the Cubs.

Matz, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 33) and MLB.com (No. 66), went 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas. He totaled 94 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings.

Since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2012, the left-hander is 24-20 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 365 2/3 innings. He is striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings in his career.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese allows eight hits in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) While Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese did produce a quality start Tuesday, he received a no-decision for his effort during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Brewers.

Niese allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings of work. He also struck out three and walked three during the outing. He now has a 4.12 ERA.

Niese has earned a quality start in his last four starts, but he is 0-2 during those starts. His next expected start is scheduled Sunday against the Reds.


Mets' Jonathon Niese posts quality start, takes loss on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese was solid again, but was saddled with his seventh loss of the season on Wednesday against the Blue Jays. The left-hander held the Jays to three runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out six. 

Niese (3-7, 4.21 ERA) gave up a run in the second inning, and then settled in by putting up zeroes over the next three innings. Another run came around to score in the sixth, and then Niese served up a solo home run to Kevin Pillar in the seventh.

But his offense let him down in this one, as the Mets were shutout. The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in six of Niese's last nine starts, and Niese has not won a game since May 9. 

"That might be the best lineup against left-handed pitching there is in the game," manager Terry Collins said, per ESPN.com. "To give us seven solid innings and keep us in the game, he pitched absolutely outstanding. Basically the home run was a changeup he left up. But, otherwise, he pitched very well."

He'll look for better results in his next start, which is currently scheduled for Tuesday in Milwaukee against the Brewers.


Mets alter rotation plans, Dillon Gee to start Sunday vs. Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Dillon Gee is headed back to the Mets rotation for at least one start, as the team announced Friday he will start Sunday against the Braves. Noah Syndergaard, who was scheduled to start Sunday, has been pushed back to Monday against the Blue Jays.

Matt Harvey is now the probable pitcher for Tuesday, and he is expected to be followed in the rotation by Jonathon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom.

The Mets are going to use a "light" six-man rotation, meaning they will slot in Gee when they can, according to ESPN.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese pitches well in no-decision Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese had mixed results in a no-decision against the Giants on Thursday. Niese was able to pitch seven innings, but he gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out four, cutting his ERA to 4.24 on the year.

Niese got into trouble early, allowing two runs to score in the top of the first. Then, after the Mets grabbed a 3-2 lead, Niese gave up a two-run home run to Brandon Crawford (one run was unearned due to an error earlier in the inning).

But he was able to battle and kept the Mets in the game, which they ultimately won 5-4 in walk-off fashion. He even helped his own cause, as he doubled and scored a run in the fifth inning.

"It was a good outing to build on. My stuff felt great," Niese said, per MLB.com. "My mechanics were more sound, allowing me to locate better. My pitches were doing what they're supposed to, instead of cutting off."

Niese (3-6) hasn't recorded a win in his last six starts, but his numbers have improved over the last two outings. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Blue Jays. 


Mets SP Jonathon Niese posts quality start, loses on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese had his best outing in almost a month, but was unable to pick up the win on Friday. Niese went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high eight batters in the 7-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Niese (3-6) cruised through his first five innings, allowing just one run on the way. He retired eight in a row at one point. But the wheels came off in the sixth, as he allowed an RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt and a run-scoring double to Yasmany Tomas to give Arizona the 3-2 lead. 

Friday marks the first time since May 9 that Niese allowed fewer than four earned runs. He'll look to build on this performance in his next start, scheduled for either Thursday against the Giants or Friday against the Braves at home.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese gets roughed up by the Marlins Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) The struggles for Mets starter Jonathon Niese continued on Saturday. Niese managed to go just four innings in a no-decision against the Marlins. It was his shortest start since July of last season. The left-hander surrendered five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He struck out three and did not issue a walk. Niese labored in this one, needing 82 pitches to get through the four innings.

Niese gave up a solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the third inning, and a two-run shot to J.T. Realmuto in the fourth. His offense was able to get him off the hook, as Niese picked up the no-decision in the eventual 9-5 loss.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Niese's two-seam fastball hasn't been working, and that he's never seen Niese's location be off so consistently.

"I'm concerned," Collins said, per ESPN.com.

Niese (3-5) has now allowed 20 earned runs in his last four starts, watching his ERA climb from 2.49 to 4.42 over that stretch.

He'll try to turn things around in his next start, scheduled for Friday in Arizona. 


Mets planning to use six-man rotation into August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Once Dillon Gee joins the Mets rotation after his last rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton, the team plans to go to a six-man rotation through at least early August, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday.

Warthen said the goal is to have the starters make roughly 30 starts instead of the usual 33 during the regular season. The team also wants to be conservative with some of the younger arms -- Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The other two pitchers in the rotation are veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathon Niese.

"It is better for the player. It's better for the organization, at least, until we get to where we feel like we have plenty of innings left in September and still have the possibility of innings left in October," Warthen said, per ESPN.

"Our No. 1 concern is our pitchers, and our pitchers staying healthy. We have some other [young] ones -- [prospect Steven] Matz is coming along. We're going to have Syndergaard here, deGrom here, Harvey here. Those are the guys who are the big concerns. As for the other guys, they have to go along with it. It's going to only prolong their careers. From the organization's standpoint, from my standpoint, I think it's a smart thing to do."


Mets P Jonathon Niese struggles in loss to Pirates


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese lasted just a season-low 4 2/3 innings in Sunday afternoon's 9-1 loss to the Pirates. 

Niese was rocked for four earned runs on seven hits. He threw a whopping 104 pitches during his time in the game, striking out six batters and walking four. He now holds an ERA of 4.08 this season. 

However, Niese's ERA over his past three starts is a woeful 9.00. 

Despite his recent issues on the mound, Niese, who has endured shoulder issues of late, said he felt the healthiest in a long time out there against Pittsburgh. 

"I feel great," Niese said, via ESPN.com. "The crazy thing is this is the best I've felt in a real long time. The results aren't there."

Niese is now 3-5 this season. 


Manager: Loss of two-seamer hurting Mets SP Jonathon Niese


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) In a mere two starts, Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese has gone from one of the hottest starters in the sport to one of the coldest.

And Terry Collins believes he has an explanation.

Niese was brilliant into early May. He was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA after six outings. He was allowing baserunners, but consistently escaping jams. But in his last two starts  - both defeats - he has allowed 14 runs on 17 hits in 11 1/3 innings. His ERA has skyrocketed to 3.72.

Collins offered to NJ.com that the struggles are a result of Niese losing his two-seam fastball, likely because of a grip issue.

It has certainly resulted in fewer swings-and-misses. Niese has just three strikeouts in his last two starts combined after fanning 25 in his first 37 innings pitched.


Jonathon Niese suffers loss for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese gave up eight runs on 11 hits over five innings, falling to 3-4 with a loss to Arizona on Tuesday. 

Niese walked one, struck out one and allowed a home run. His ERA stands at 3.72. 

Niese's next start will be Sunday at Pittsburgh. 


Mets' Jonathon Niese gives up six in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese dropped to 3-3 with a loss to the Cubs on Thursday. 

Niese gave up six runs, four earned, on six hits, including a home run. He walked one and struck out two. Niese threw 90 pitches, 56 strikes. 

"Just nothing went right," Niese said. "It was just kind of a mixture between everything -- bad luck, bad pitches. It's unfortunate. Our offense did a good job, got us a lead. It's unfortunate that we gave it up."

Niese's next start is Tuesday, against St. Louis. 


Mets starter Jonathon Niese throws seven strong innings to earn victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese (3-2) did not allow an earned run and fanned six batters in seven innings of work to defeat the Phillies on Saturday.

The Phillies did all their damage in the sixth inning, using a leadoff error to open the door to plate both of their unearned runs.

"I felt good with all of my pitches," Niese said to ESPN.com. "I was able to get my curveball over when I needed to."

It's Niese's second straight strong start as he gave up just one run in seven innings but took the hard-luck loss in his previous outing.

"Well, my pitch count was down, and we have three innings left after the sixth," Niese said about being allowed to bat. "I thought it was the right move. It's much appreciated, that's for sure."

Neise is now 5-0 in his last seven starts against the Phillies.

Neise's next start is scheduled for Thursday in Chicago against the Cubs.


Mets lefty Jonathon Niese hard-luck loser to Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Giving up one run in seven innings is generally a recipe for victory. But not Saturday. Not for Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese. Not against Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez.

Niese yielded one measly run for the fourth time in five starts this season and lost for the first time doing it. He scattered nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Only an RBI infield single by Michael Taylor in the second inning prevented him from blanking the Nationals.

Despite the defeat the effort was appreciated by teammate Michael Cuddyer.

"Anytime you lose it stinks, but especially when a guy gives you an effort like that and pitches as well as he did," Cuddyer told The Associated Press. "You feel like you let him down a little bit."

Niese will take his fine 2.40 ERA into a start next weekend against Philadelphia.


Mets starter Jonathon Niese struggles vs. Yankees


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese was not sharp Sunday in the finale of the Subway Series against the Yankees, lasting just five innings while allowing six runs and eight hits. Niese was betrayed somewhat by his defense, which committed four errors behind him, leading to two unearned runs. 

Niese was spotted a 2-0 first-inning lead, but he quickly gave it back, allowing a first-inning homer to Alex Rodriguez and then giving up four second-inning runs as the Yankees broke the game open. 

"You can't look into it too deeply," Niese said to MLB.com. "It's a loss. It's a tough loss. Obviously we want to win, but we've just got to get through it, learn from it, move on and play better."

Niese, who threw 86 pitches, saw his ERA rise to 2.74 in absorbing his first loss of the season. 

"I just wish I could have a couple pitches back," Niese said. "But I threw them. The results were what they were. I've just got to move on."

Niese will look to get back on track Saturday against the Nationals.


Mets P Jon Niese tossed from game while sitting in dugout


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Mets pitcher Jon Niese was ejected in Friday night's game against the Yankees despite not even being in the game. 

Niese apparently said something in the fifth inning that umpire Doug Eddings wasn't OK with. Eddings then motioned toward the dugout that Niese was ejected from the game. This happened during Juan Lagares' at-bat. 

"I thought that it was a ball. He called it a strike. And I told him, 'Make an adjustment,'" Niese said after the game, per ESPN. "... He said he didn't want to hear another word. And I said, 'Well, then make an adjustment.' And he tossed me."


Jon Niese improves to 2-0 for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mets starter Jon Niese moved to 2-0 on the season with a win over Atlanta on Tuesday. 

Niese allowed one run on four hits over six and two thirds innings. He allowed a solo home run to Cameron Maybin for the Braves' only score of the night.

Niese walked four, struck out five and improved his ERA to 1.50. He threw 67 strikes in 106 pitches. His next start is scheduled for Sunday night, against the Yankees and Nathan Eovaldi.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese has good track record at home vs. Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese will be making his 20th career start against NL East foe Atlanta on Tuesday. He is 7-6 with a 3.36 ERA in his first 19 starts against the Braves.

His recent history against Atlanta has been pretty good. Niese hasn't allowed more than three runs in his last six starts against Atlanta. However, he has just one win in that span.

The left-hander is also pretty good against the Braves at home. He has allowed more than one run just once on his last five home starts against Atlanta. He has a 1.84 ERA in that span. Sadly, he also has just one win in that stretch.

The Braves enter play Tuesday with 54 runs, which is one more than the league average. The Braves are batting .242 with a .379 slugging percentage against lefties in 2015.


Mets P Jonathon Niese has strong outing in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Phillies. 

Niese went 6 1/3 innings and only allowed one earned run. In 94 pitches, he allowed nine hits, struck out four batters and walked two. Niese allowed his lone run in the first inning and then pitched a scoreless 5 1/3 after. 

Niese, 1-0 in two starts, now has a 1.59 ERA thus far in the season. 

His next projected start is on April 21 against the Braves. 


Jon Niese has five inning no decision for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Starter Jonathon Niese pitched five innings and left with a no decision in the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Braves.

Niese allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks. He struck out two and allowed a home run to Cameron Maybin. 

Niese threw 86 pitches, 51 strikes. He next pitches on Wednesday, against the Phillies and Jerome Williams. 


Mets' Jon Niese has allowed three ER in 30 of his last 33 starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese heads into his season debut Friday against the Braves having allowed three earned runs or less in 30 of his last 33 starts.

Niese is 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 18 career starts against the Braves, including 3-2 with a 4.96 ERA in six starts at Turner Field. He went 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts against Atlanta last season.


Mets' Warthen: Jonathon Niese to start fourth game of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday starting pitcher Jonathon Niese will pitch the fourth game of the season -- April 10 at Atlanta -- instead of the fifth game, which was originally reported Tuesday.

Niese went 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in four spring starts. He is 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 18 career starts against Atlanta.