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...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Niese out to lower his Coors Field ERA, best Rox

Coming off a five-run, 10-strikeout performance against the Dodgers, Rockies rookie right-hander Jon Gray seeks his first win of 2016 on Wednesday, when he opposes veteran Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese at Coors Field.
4 days ago

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...
25 days ago  |  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...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Reasons Why Niese For Walker Trade Made Sense

As you know, the Mets have traded left-handed starting pitcher Jon Niese to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for switch-hitting second baseman Neil Walker. From the reaction on social media it appears there’s a good chunk of fans who don’t like the deal. I’d like to point out six reasons why this was a fantastic trade for the Mets. Neil Walker is really good at baseball...
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December 11, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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December 07, 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

Jon Niese: Not on the DL and pitching great

From all indications, the Mets spent a fair amount of time trying to trade a veteran starting pitcher this past offseason. The response from other teams was either low-ball offers or no offers at all, as they tried to pry loose Noah Syndergaard, instead. You can’t blame a team for trying to get Syndergaard. But you can blame them for missing the boat on Jon Niese. Here was...
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

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