Niese leaving early-season struggles behind

After struggling through a rough first month of the season, Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese has undergone a rapid turnaround in May, posting four consecutive quality starts including a one-run, six-inning outing on Friday in a 9-1 win over the Rangers.
3 days ago

Game 37: Pirates 8 Braves 5

After seeing so much of the Cubs lately, it’s nice to be on the other end of a game in which one team could do no right and the other easily loped to victory. The Braves kicked the ball around in the first inning, and the Pirates scored three times because of it. Jon Niese’s home run problems continued when he gave up a two-run shot to Jeff Francouer in the sixth inning, but...
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Jon Niese looks to keep the Pirates rolling

Inside of a week the Pirates have gone from a horrible ball of stress and frustration to a vaunted offense bludgeoned their way towards the upper part of the National League. This is possible because it’s only April, of course, but it’s a welcome change from the week that preceded it. Jon Niese takes the mound tonight to try and keep his perfect record intact, though I’ll admit...
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Jon Niese makes his Pirate debut

After Francisco Liriano’s strikeout bonanza on Sunday, Jon Niese takes his first turn in the Pirate rotation this evening. I wrote a ton about Niese already today and so I’ll simply leave my general pre-game thoughts on him tonight to this: watch where he throws his fastball. Watch where he throws it to both righties and lefties, and see what the Cardinals do with it. If he...
April 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Jon Niese seems like a good fit for the Pirate Approach to Pitching

There was plenty of discussion (read: analysis, hot takes, etc.) when the Pirates swapped Neil Walker for Jon Niese over the winter, but there was one unmissable implication in the trade itself: the Pirates wanted Jon Niese. Sure, they wanted his contract (the two team options give them a lot of control over a potentially valuable arm), but the Pirates tend to acquire pitchers they...
April 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Jon Niese Just Couldn’t Resist, Takes Shot At Mets Defense

Jon Niese didn’t take his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates too bad. In fact, you could say he sounded like a guy who was relieved to be putting the /New York Mets behind him.’ Never being one to hide his emotions, especially if his defense let him down, Niese told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “I didn’t enjoy facing the Pirates; they have a great lineup...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets360 2015 projection review: Jon Niese

Last offseason, all we heard was how Jon Niese was damaged goods, that he had no trade value and that he would wind up on the disabled list sooner rather than later.  Niese stayed off the DL but his season was uneven at best and by the end of the year he was relegated to the bullpen for the playoffs.  With that in mind, check in on our original piece to see what we thought coming...
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Open To Trading Niese, But Aren’t Actively Shopping Him

While the Mets have no intention of trading any of their top pitchers this offseason, one starter they’ll consider dealing is Jon Niese if something interesting were to materialize. Assistant GM John Ricco told reporters that they are open to trading the veteran lefty, even though they are not currently shopping him. “We haven’t been actively shopping Niese, but other than...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The Pitcher With the Most Incredible Plays

What are the Mets going to do to get over the final hump? Are they going to find an upgrade at shortstop? Are they going to find an upgrade in center field? Might they dip into their vast pitching resources to swing an unforeseen blockbuster? I don’t know. Let’s watch Jon Niese play defense. Just to set the table real quick — last year, opponents bunted against the Mets 120...
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: Should The Mets Trade Jon Niese?

Tyler asks… Why is Jon Niese still on this team? They should have traded him two years ago but now it’s even more important to get rid of him and put that $9 million dollars to better use. Thoughts? Dr. Dooby replies… The frequent calls to trade Mets left-hander Jon Niese to pick up some payroll flexibility are somewhat perplexing and even misguided. Most teams need 9...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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