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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%: 56/31 | Average Draft Position: 244.90
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Mets SP Jonathon Niese struggles in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese got through the first two innings unscathed, but the third was his undoing during Tuesday's 14-8 loss to the Phillies.

Niese allowed five runs in the third en route to six runs on seven hits over five innings. He also struck out two and walked two. One of his mistakes was giving up a three-run home run to Darin Ruf in the third.

Niese had not lost his last eight outings prior to Tuesday's defeat.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese gives up five, gets no-decision Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese had a rough outing on Thursday, but he was bailed out by his offense in the 9-5 win over the Phillies. Niese endured one bad inning, as all five runs the Phillies would score came in the third inning.

Niese, who got the no-decision on Thursday, allowed five runs on five hits over six innings. He walked five and struck out five, throwing 57 of his 103 pitches for strikes. 

Niese has now struggled in back-to-back starts, but the Mets' explosive offense has gotten him off the hook in both outings. 

Overall, in five August starts, Niese went 3-0 with a 5.18 ERA. 


Mets SP Jonathon Niese wins despite allowing seven runs


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese earned himself a Coors Field win on Saturday. The left-hander allowed seven runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings, but still came out on top against the Rockies, as the Mets won by the score of 14-9. 

Niese (8-9, 3.80 ERA) was given a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but he gave that right back in the bottom half. The Mets went on to put up an eight-spot in the top of the third, with another three-run inning in the fifth. But Niese got knocked around as well, giving up four runs in the sixth.

This was a forgettable outing for Niese, who had posted quality starts in 12 of his last 13 outings coming in. 


Mets SP Jonathon Niese allows three runs in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese was average during his start against the Pirates on Saturday.

Niese allowed three runs on five hits in six solid innings of work. He struck out five batters, but allowed a pair of walks and two home runs in the no-decision.

Niese (7-9) has a 3.50 ERA in 141 1/3 innings of work this year.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese finally gets run support in earning win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese was waiting throughout his outing Monday night for his offense to catch up with his pitching. It finally did - and the result was his second consecutive victory.

Niese allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts. But the Rockies held the lead until the bottom of the seventh, when New York tallied three. The bullpen did the rest.

The left-hander gave up only a two-run homer to sizzling Carlos Gonzalez in the fourth. He surrendered two more hits in that inning before settling down to retire the last 11 batters he faced.

Niese has yielded just four runs over 20 innings in his last three starts to shrink his ERA to 3.46.


Mets' Jon Niese gives up one run, picks up sixth win on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/4/2015) Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese posted yet another brilliant outing, limiting the Marlins to one run over seven innings on Tuesday. Niese gave up four hits and a walk while striking out six in the 5-1 victory. 

Niese left the game with the score tied 1-1, but the Mets put up a four-spot in the top of the eighth in support of their starter.

Niese (6-9) has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 of his past 11 outings, with the only off night coming against the Dodgers on July 24. Despite the strong pitching, Niese has just three wins in that 11-start stretch.


Mets' Jonathon Niese stifles Padres, takes no-decision Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese had another terrific outing on Thursday against the Padres. The left-hander went six innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked one and struck out six, but was left with a no-decision after the Mets blew a six-run lead.

The only run that Niese gave up came in his final inning of work. Otherwise, he did a fine job of keeping the Padres in check 

Niese was coming off a rough start against the Dodgers his last time out, but otherwise he has been stellar in recent weeks. Aside from that poor outing last weekend, Niese has posted a sterling 1.95 ERA over his past eight starts.


Mets activate Jon Niese; option Logan Verrett


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) The Mets activated pitcher Jonathon Niese from the paternity list Tuesday, reports MLB.com.

To make room for Niese, the team optioned pitcher Logan Verrett to Triple-A. Verrett produced a 2.96 ERA over 21 1/3 innings this season.


Mets' Jonathon Niese to paternity list, Logan Verret promoted


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) The Mets placed starting pitcher Jonathon Niese on the paternity list on Saturday, and also promoted pitcher Logan Verret from Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN.com.

Niese pitched on Friday and watched his wife give birth shirtly after being pulled from the game.

Verret will be in his second big-league stint with New York this season. He has a 2.95 ERA with 15 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 1/3 innings this year.


Mets' Jonathon Niese has two-decision win streak snapped


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese lost for the first time since June 30, Friday against Los Angeles. 

Niese had his shortest start of the season, lasting just three innings. He gave up six runs on eight hits and matched a season high by giving up two home runs.

Niese dropped to 5-9 and saw his two-decision win streak snapped.  


Mets SP Jonathon Niese goes deep into game in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/19/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese tossed 7 2/3 innings in a olid start against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Niese didn't allow any runs and gave up just five hits. He struck out three batters and allowed one walk while picking up a no-decision.

Niese (5-8) has a 3.36 ERA  with 73 strikeouts and 34 walks in 112 1/3 innings this season.


Mets roll out rotation plans for first series after All-Star break


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) The Mets finalized their rotation plans for the first series after the All-Star break. It was already announced Noah Syndergaard would open the series on Friday against the Cardinals, but he will be followed by Bartolo Colon and Jonathon Niese in the three-game set.

Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second series after the break against the Nationals, which starts Monday. It is not known yet who will open the three-game series.


Mets' Jonathon Niese snaps six-decision losing streak


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese earned a win over San Francisco on Monday, improving to 4-8 on the season. 

Niese snapped a personal six-decision losing streak and won for the first time since May 9. 

Niese turned in a season-high eight shutout innings and allowed a season-low three hits. He walked two and struck out four. 


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.