Jon Niese (2-2, 4.85 ERA) will start for the Mets. Niese got shelled in his last start against the Blue Jays, allowing eight runs before being knocked out after three innings which highlighted a brutal month of May in which he’s 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in 17 innings over four starts. Niese has pitched well in his career against the Pirates, going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings over two starts this season.
Charlie Morton (2-4, 4.35 ERA) will start for the Pirates. Morton has dropped three of his four decisions in the month of May, pitching to a 5.64 ERA in 22 1/3 innings this month. He allowed four runs in six innings in a loss to the Tigers in his last start. In four appearances and three starts against the Mets in his career, Morton is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 innings.