Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 3/7/12
It was a great day for Jon Niese and the rest of the Mets this afternoon at Digital Domain Park, as they blanked the Florida Marlins 7-0. Niese faced seven batters in his two innings of work, striking out two and walking one while throwing 19 of 31 pitches for strikes. Niese has been working on developing a changeup this offseason and he really had it working today. Mets manager Terry Collins raved about his performance. “The changeup is the best pitch in baseball. His command was outstanding. He kept the ball down. He’s got outstanding stuff and when he pounds that strike zone he gets easy outs.” The young southpaw will be focusing on his change all spring long as he seeks to get it to a velocity 10-12 mph below his fastball and get batters out in front, resulting in more groundouts or popups. If this changeup ends up being a plus offering for Niese, we could see him take his performance to an all new higher level. This is very encouraging news. Other highlights from today’s victo...
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