Jon Niese

Jon Niese was excellent, says David Wright

Jon Niese continued his strong season with six innings, let up three runs and struck out four batters against the Marlins on Sunday.

Niese improved to 4-4 on the season with a 2.78 ERA.

“His line should have been a lot better than it was, because a few plays defensively we should have made,” David Wright said after the game. “He was excellent. Every time he takes the ball you think he is going to go nine innings.”

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

After an injury-plagued Spring Training and just a year removed from a potentially devastating rotator cuff injury, expectations were low for Niese, both in terms of performance and durability. However, he has excelled in both of these regards, despite – or perhaps because of – a drop in his fastball velocity of over a full mile per hour >> Read more of this opinion, which originally ran June 17.




7 comments
semperfi
semperfi

Niese should not be considered for any trades until Steve Matz is MLB ready and even then I would have to think hard before moving Niese, every team needs at least one lefty starter and the Mets got a very good one, why create a n unnecessary hole when you have other trade options to fill holes, Montero, deGrom, Matz, Wheeler, Sydnergard, Colon and Hefner when he proves he is healthy in September, 2015 will obviously be led by Harvey then you got Niese and Gee and any of the above can fill the 4 and 5 spots but still giving us many trade options to land a big middle of the order bat and maybe Ramirez for SS which wont take as much and will be a major upgrade for the Mets, filling a huge need

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

He is a solid pitcher and a valuable commodity being a lefty. He is a building block and should not be included in trade talks. On a good team he's have 3 more wins

Ricky
Ricky

@AgeesCatch He's the captain of the team - one of his roles is team spokesman...

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

@JasonMiles I would argue that he is the perfect trading candidate because he is a "valuable commodity being a lefty".


To say this team is desperate for some major league quality every day position players is an understatement.  Can't expect any kind of talent in return unless talent is given up. 

Jonathan Chimene
Jonathan Chimene

@Marc Singleton @JasonMiles completely agree - trade him now, while his value is high.  Sorry, but the decrease in velocity scares me, and he's one pitcher who I really fear is an injury candidate.  Also, they should sell high on Colon, and take whatever they can get for Dice K.  Let DeGrom stay up all year, and make room for Syndergaard and Montero to pitch significant big league innings this year, up to whatever limits have been set.  Maybe Hefner can get a few September starts to save some arms and see what he has...but the three rookies, along with Gee, Wheeler and hopefully Harvey, should be fighting for the first 5 spots in the rotation.    Look for a young lefty arm in a trade, as well as a left fielder and shortstop.  My wish list...