Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Mets News: Jon Niese not a lock for opening day start
Jonathon Niese made his first start in spring training since being sent to New York for a MRI, which revealed no structural damage. He did not impress his manager Terry Collins at first, but settled down and pitched ok.
Niese pitched only two innings of work (50 pitches), gave up 6 hits, 4 runs, and 2 walks. His pitches according to Terry Collins were lifeless in the first inning only topping 79-81 MPH. In the second inning he reached the upper 80's and looked much better.
Jon Niese will have to convince the Mets hierarchy that he is ready in his next three starts to pitch opening day or the Mets might have to make an adjustment in the rotation by sending veteran Bartolo Colon or Dillon Gee as reported.
Niese links his sloppiness and velocity problems based on his mechanics and says with repetition he can overcome his problems to get better.
Only time will tell if Niese is ready to take the on March 31st in the opener, but right now it's all up in the air.