Found April 06, 2013 on
New York Mets Report:
By definition, Jon Niese is correct, he is not a No. 1 pitcher, an ace if you will. However, in relation to his status on the Mets, he is the man.
There is no denying Niese’s importance, but his designation of being the leader of the staff should be emphasized more today against Miami than in the status of an Opening Day starter. After two victories to open the season, the Mets have dropped two in a row, and have not looked good in the process.
NIESE: Announcing his presence with authority.
Today, the Mets need Niese to stop the losing. That’s the primary goal of a stopper. That’s what staff leaders do.
“As far as leading the staff, I really don’t want to fulfill that role,’’ Niese said. “Everybody, all the guys in the rotation, have something different to offer.
“So I’m willing to learn from them, and I’m sure they’re willing to learn from me. We all have a job to do. Each one of us has a different way of going about it.’’
I can’t buy for a second Niese doesn’t want that role
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