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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%: 42/21 | Average Draft Position: 245.49
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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.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese finishes spring with 1.65 ERA


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese had another strong outing in his final Grapefruit League start during a 2-0 win Tuesday against the Nationals. Niese (3-0) allowed four hits in six scoreless innings, while allowing no walks and striking out three.

Niese did not allow an extra-base hit Tuesday, while lowering his ERA to 1.65. Niese did not allow more than two runs in any of his four spring starts. He totaled 13 strikeouts and two walks in 16 1/3 innings.

"I feel good now," he said, per NJ.com. "Makes my arm feel stronger."

Niese is scheduled to make his first start of the season on April 11 against the Braves.


New delivery helps take strain off Jonathon Niese's shoulder


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Nationals due to inclement weather. Instead, he got to work on his new delivery while throwing 76 pitches in a simulated game, per NJ.com.

Niese made the change last week after he started to experience more shoulder problems. Niese noticed his stride was off. He had been landing toward first base instead of home plate, which caused him to throw across his body. Once he made the change, Niese said the strain on his shoulder went away.

"My shoulder felt great," Niese said after throwing his simulated game. "Today I went out and worked on my stride, same thing I was working on in the bullpen. I felt great.

"Games like these all you're doing is getting your work load in, getting the volume up. You're working on your pitches but the results you really don't care because you're facing the same three or four guys every time."


Mets P Jonathon Niese fans six in win over Cardinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese struck out six batters and walked none during Thursday's 7-2 win over the Cardinals. 

Niese went four innings and gave up one earned run, which came in the third. Kolten Wong led the inning off with a double and he scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Matt Carpenter. Niese only gave up three hits during his time on the mound. 

Niese's spring training ERA is now 2.61. 


Mets' Jonathon Niese: 'I'm 100 percent healthy'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese spoke Sunday about his new arm angle this spring, calling it a byproduct of being "100 percent healthy," NJ.com reports.

"Last year I was just trying to find an angle where it didn't hurt," Niese said about his shoulder. "This year, I'm 100 percent healthy so I'm able to actually work on my mechanics and have proper mechanics."

Niese gave up one run in 2 2/3 innings while throwing 52 pitches in Sunday's start. He said he's using the spring to tinker with his arsenal of pitches.

"Cutting loose on everything," he says. "My cutter and curveball need a little bit more work but there's plenty of time for that."

Niese went 9-11 with a 3.40 ERA and 138:45 K:BB ratio in 187 2/3 innings last season.


Mets' Jonathon Niese impressed by velocity after first intrasquad outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters he's impressed with Jonathon Niese's effort and health in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage, per the New York Post.

"His arm angle is much better, more velocity with his arm speed," Collins said. "He spent all winter making sure he was healthy because he doesn't want to go through those shoulder issues, and it has really paid off."

He tossed two shutout innings in his first outing of the spring. Niese, who had two MRI exams on his left arm in spring training last year, was impressed with his velocity this time around.

"My intrasquad last year, I don't think I threw over 80 mph," Niese said. "My shoulder and elbow felt great and my body feels good."


Report: Dillon Gee 'could be traded' by Mets in spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Mets RHP Dillon Gee was the subject of offseason trade rumors. That's understandable, since he arrived at spring training as one of six established starting pitchers on the Mets' staff. 

The other candidates for the Mets' rotation are: LHP Zack Wheeler, 41-year-old RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Jon Niese , RHP Jacob deGrom, who won last season's NL Rookie of the Year award and RHP Matt Harvey, returning after missing last year with arm surgery.

A source told ESPN New York that, although there wasn't much trade talk on the first day of camp, Gee "could be traded" during the spring, if the right deal came along.

Colon is also a candidate to be traded to clear the logjam in the starting rotation.  

If the team keeps all six pitchers, Gee is the leading candidate to be sent to the bullpen for long relief and the occasional spot start. 

Gee was 7-8, with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last year. In his five MLB seasons, all with the Mets, he's 40-34, 3.91. His last relief appearance was in 2011. 


Mets' Jonathon Niese: 'They told me they didn't want to move me'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese said Thursday that the team has told him he won't be traded, the New York Post reports.

"They told me they didn’t want to move me," Niese said. "I’d love to stay. I don’t see myself going anywhere."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported in December that the team was fielding trade inquiries on Niese, Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon, with room for just two of the three in the starting rotation. All three remain on the starting roster, and general manager Sandy Alderson indicated this week that someone may be shifted to the bullpen for "a period of time."

Niese added Thursday that his arm and body are feeling better than they have since 2008, his rookie season, admitting that the pain in his shoulder was significant last spring.

"This year, it’s night and day from last year," Niese said. "Last year at this time it felt like there were knives in my shoulder. This year it feels normal."

Niese went 9-11 with a 3.40 ERA and 138:45 K:BB ratio in 187 2/3 innings over 30 starts in 2014.


Report: Three to four teams still in on Mets SP Dillon Gee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Three to four clubs still remain interested in Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, sourced told Mike Puma of the New York Post. Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon are still "long-shots" to be traded, per the report.

Gee settled for $5.3 million next season prior to Friday's arbitration deadline. He finished last season 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA, marking the third time in four years his ERA has reached that level.


Report: Mets expect SP trade talks to heat up, Gee top target


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) The Mets are expecting trade talks to pick up for starting pitchers Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon, a team source told the New York Post.

Gee appears to be the most likely candidate to be traded. New York was trying to deal him at the Winter Meetings in December. The Mets appear hesitant to trade Niese because he might be the only left-handed candidate for the rotation.

The source said if the Mets can't make a trade, there is a chance the team would go to spring training with six starters and have one of them potentially open the 2015 season in the bullpen.


Mets' Niese has no pain in shoulder as he begins throwing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese said Tuesday he started throwing about two weeks ago and has no pain in his throwing shoulder, according to MLB Network Radio. Niese has had shoulder problems a few times in his career and even missed some time in 2014 due to inflammation in the AC joint.

Niese, who has been the subject of trade rumors, enters the fourth season of a five-year, $25.27 million contract in 2015. Niese also has team options for 2017 ($10 million) and 2018 ($11 million).


Mets fielding trade inquiries about Gee, Colon and Niese


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Mets are fielding trade inquiries on starting pitchers Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The expectation is one of the pitchers will be traded soon.