Showing posts with label Jon Niese. Show all posts
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Preview: Game 104 - Mets at Brewers - Niese vs Peralta

Preview: Game 104
New York Mets (49-54) at Milwaukee Brewers (58-46)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) vs Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58)
TV- SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM


Lucas Duda has homered on three of his last four hits, and his latest got the New York Mets a dramatic victory.

They may need more late heroics to beat the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers again considering how they've fared against Wily Peralta.

Duda attempts to continue his success at Miller Park as the Mets attempt to solve Peralta for the first time Saturday night.

Duda is 4 for 13 (.308) over the past four games, and three of those hits have left the yard. He homered just twice in his previous 20 games.

The first baseman leads the Mets (49-54) with a career-high 17 homers and hit one in each of the first two matchups of this four-game set, but his latest came in clutch fashion Friday. He capped a three-run ninth by connecting for a two-run shot off former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez in a 3-2 win.

Duda seems rather comfortable in Milwaukee (58-46), where he has three homers, two doubles and six RBIs in five career games. However, he's 0 for 4 with two strikeouts against Peralta (11-6, 3.58 ERA), who is aiming to set a career high in wins by helping Milwaukee bounce back from its first loss in five games.

Peralta has won his last two starts in impressive fashion, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in 14 innings.

The right-hander could be in for another strong showing since he's been dominant in winning both of his career starts against the Mets.

Peralta held them to a run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 3-1 road victory June 11, and he yielded two hits in eight innings of a 3-0 victory at Miller Park on Sept. 16, 2012.

David Wright is 0 for 6 against Peralta but coming off his third multihit effort in five days.

The Mets will counter with Jonathon Niese (5-5, 3.13), who is looking to show some improvement after struggling in his return from the disabled list. The left-hander, who was out with a strained shoulder, allowed four runs and a season-high 11 hits in six innings of Monday's 5-2 loss at Seattle.

Perhaps facing the Brewers could help. Niese is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his last four starts against them, and both victories came at Miller Park. In his only start versus Milwaukee this year, he yielded one run with eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-1 loss in 13 on June 12.

He's held slugger Ryan Braun to 1 for 10 over the past four years, including 0 for 4 with two strikeouts last month.

Braun went 0 for 4 on Friday, snapping a 12-game hitting streak overall and 15-game run at home. He's still batting .370 with three homers and seven RBIs over his last seven home meetings with the Mets.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Preview: Game 99 - Mets at Mariners - Niese vs Elias

Preview: Game 99 -  New York Mets (46-52 - 21-29 away) at Seattle Mariners (52-46 - 24-26 home)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) vs Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 10:10 PM


Rookie starter Roenis Elias is going through a rough patch at the moment, but that could be coming to an end as he faces the sputtering New York Mets' offense at home Monday night.

The signing of Robinson Cano immediately increased expectations for the Mariners (52-46), who are in third place behind major league-best Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle dropped two of three to the Angels over the weekend, though both defeats came on walk-off hits. Fernando Rodney blew a one-run lead in the ninth Sunday as the Mariners fell 5-4.

Robinson Cano is hitting .335, sat out the series finale with soreness in his hamstring and is considered day to day.

It's also been a rough go for Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA), who has lost his last three starts while posting a 10.05 ERA. He gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings of an 8-1 loss to Minnesota in his last outing July 9.

The 25-year-old left-hander has given up at least four runs in five of his last seven starts.

Facing the Mets' lineup could be exactly what Elias needs.

New York (46-52) scored once over the final 18 innings while dropping the last two of a three-game set with San Diego, and it was no-hit through 7 2/3 innings of Sunday's 2-1 loss.

Daniel Murphy's double marked the Mets' first hit, and Seth Smith had an RBI single in the ninth

The Mariners are averaging only 2.2 runs over their last 13, and Mets starter Jon Niese will look to keep their lineup in check again as he comes off the disabled list.

Niese (5-4, 2.96) hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 17 starts, but his last outing was cut short due to a strained left elbow. He allowed one run and left after facing just three batters in New York's 6-5 win over Texas on July 4.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will head back to the bullpen with Niese returning, but manager Terry Collins said Matsuzaka could step in if the left-hander needs to exit early.

Niese has never faced Seattle, which has won seven of the nine all-time meetings. These teams haven't played since 2008.

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Mets News: Mets DFA (P) Buddy Carlyle to make room for Jon Niese

Mets News:

The Mets have designated right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle for assignment to clear the roster spot for Monday's activation of Jon Niese from the disabled list.

Carlyle, 36, has produced a 1.29 ERA in five major league appearances this season.

He also was outrighted to Las Vegas on June 7 after clearing waivers. That time, Carlyle accepted the assignment to Triple-A.

That also means that Daisuke Matsuzaka is now a reliever, although he will be on standby Monday in case Niese has an issue in his first game action since a 12-pitch effort on July 4. Niese officially has been on the DL with a left shoulder strain. The Fourth of July start separately was shortened by getting struck with a line drive in the lower back.

Matsuzaka opened the season in the bullpen, marking the first time in his career in that role. He has a 2.22 ERA and opponents are hitting only .145 in 17 relief appearances this season. Still, he has walked 19 in 24 1/3 innings in that role.

Collins met with Matsuzaka on Sunday morning to inform him of the decision. Matsuzaka is 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA in nine starts in 2014.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Conforto Debuts Saturday, Niese Throws Bullpen Session, Dice-K in bullpen, No Trade Talks Yet with Mets

Mets News and Notes:

First Round Pick Conforto makes debut Saturday:
First-round pick Michael Conforto will make his professional debut as the DH for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday.

Conforto, the 10th overall pick in the draft, officially signed a week ago. The Oregon State outfielder attended the Golden Spikes Award ceremony on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was one of three finalists, but did not win the award.

Keith Law rates Conforto as the No. 32 prospect in MLB. Law writes about the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year:

Conforto was the most advanced college bat in the draft class this year, leading Division I in OBP despite playing in a major conference (Pac-12, for Oregon State), while showing above-average power and adequate defense in left field. He doesn't have huge upside, but he's very close to major league ready and should be at least an above-average regular with a higher ceiling if the power exceeds expectations. The Mets should fast-track him if his performance warrants it.

Niese Throw Bullpen Session:
Jon Niese threw a pregame bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners.

Niese has been on the DL with a strained left hamstring since June 22.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Cortisone Shot, Niese getting ready for second half, No Call Up for extra infielder, Prospects Showcase themselves at Future's Game

Mets News and Notes:

Syndergaard in 2014 Futures Game
Wright's Cortisone Shot
David Wright insisted he does not deserve to represent the Mets at Tuesday's All-Star Game. More candidly, the captain confessed Sunday morning, even if the National League needed a late replacement, he would be unable to perform.

Dogged by a bruised left rotator cuff and inflammation that recently sidelined him for a week, Wright told he will receive a cortisone injection in the shoulder after Sunday's first-half finale. He then will spend the All-Star break "out west," allowing the shot to take effect.

Niese getting ready for second half
Jon Niese threw 21 pitches in the home bullpen at Citi Field on Sunday morning, took a break to simulate a half-inning, then threw an additional 17 pitches. It was his first time working off a mound since a 12-pitch appearance on July 4, when he departed after getting struck with a line drive in his lower back.

Niese officially landed on the DL the following day with a left shoulder strain. An MRI last Monday revealed inflammation in the AC joint.

The Mets plan to activate Niese from the DL to face the Seattle Mariners on July 21, to open the second series after the All-Star break. The southpaw will throw another bullpen session when the Mets reconvene Friday in San Diego to affirm his readiness.

Niese is eligible to return from the DL next Sunday, on the final day in San Diego, but Terry Collins prefers having Niese wait until Seattle, where lefty-hitting Robinson Cano poses a big danger.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mets Rumors: Cubs Starlin Castro might be a fit for Mets, but might cost Wheeler or Syndergaard in return

Mets Rumors:

According to a report by John Harper of the Daily News, the Mets are an ideal candidate for a SS Starlin Castro Trade with the Cubs.

The Problem is who would the Mets give up to get him? The Cubs are looking to upgrade their farm system with pitching. The Mets have plenty of minor league pitchers, but it is up to the Mets to depart with some in order to get a deal done.

Harper suggest that Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom could get the deal in action, problem is the Mets are with injuries to Jon Niese and others like Matt Harvey.

If the Mets can get Harvey back to 100% and have Noah Syndergaard ready for 2015 the Mets will have some depth to deal with. Guys like Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom could become available...

So would an offer of Wheeler convince Epstein to deal now? One baseball executive friendly with Epstein said it would take more.

Mets News and Notes: Niese, Torres, Alderson Trade Talk, Teagarden, Gee

Mets News and Notes:

Niese Inflamed:

Jon Niese underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed inflammation in the AC joint in the top of the shoulder.

Niese has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. He still plans to miss only one start and return during the first series after the All-Star break, at San Diego.

A Mets official had said that Niese's MRI looked the same as one taken during spring training, but Niese said there actually were differences.

The spring-training MRI showed weakness in the scapula. He was prescribed strengthening exercises back then. This time inflammation existed in the AC joint.

X-Rays Negative for Torres:

Carlos Torres completed the 11th inning and earned the win, but the reliever did get a visit from the trainer after being struck in the bare hand with a two-out line drive off the bat of B.J. Upton during the final inning of the Mets' 4-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

An X-ray after the game was negative. Torres officially has a bruise.

To Trade or Not to Trade?

Sandy Alderson continued to say Monday that the direction the Mets take at the trade deadline will be dictated by how the team performs heading into the All-Star break.

"Look, let's see where we are at the end of this week," Alderson told reporters. "We're always willing to listen. We may be thinking in terms of the second half of this season. We may be thinking more in terms of next season. We've made a lot of deals in recent years where we've gotten prospects who are a good ways away. I don't think we're thinking that way these days, although sometimes that's the value in a return. So I'd just hate to speculate on it."

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Mets News: Niese to DL, Carlyle gets Call Up from Vegas

Mets News:

The Mets announced in the first inning of their 5-3 loss to Texas on Saturday night that righty Buddy Carlyle was heading to New York from Class AAA Las Vegas. Although no corresponding move was announced, it appears likely that he will be taking Niese’s spot on the roster. Manager Terry Collins said after the game he would talk about Niese’s status today, and it seems imminent that he will be placed on the disabled list.

However, Niese’s physical problem apparently isn’t his lower back, which was bruised when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios. Multiple reports indicate the issue is his shoulder, and Collins had said before the game that Niese had "other issues" besides his back.

The Mets RHP Dillon Gee (strained right lat), who has been on the DL since May 11, appears ready to return. Gee had a good rehab outing for Class A Brooklyn on Friday, striking out 10 in six innings. Gee said after Saturday’s Mets game he "absolutely" is ready to return to the majors. And because he pitched Friday, he would be right on track to take Niese’s scheduled start.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Preview: Game 86 - Rangers vs Mets - Darvish vs Niese

Preview: Game 86
Texas Rangers (37-48) at New York Mets (37-48)

Probable Pitchers:
Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA) vs Jon Niese (5-4, 2.88 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7: 10 PM


Yu Darvish will look to help the spiraling Texas Rangers avoid their longest road skid in 11 years Friday night against the New York Mets, who may have David Wright back in the lineup.

Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA) was slated to take the mound Friday, but a rain delay of nearly an hour combined with a forecast calling for more rain led manager Ron Washington to keep his ace in the dugout.

While Darvish rested, Texas (37-48) was beaten by the Orioles 5-2 for its first nine-game road losing streak since 2005. The Rangers haven't endured a longer slide as the visitor since dropping 12 in a row from May 30-June 19, 2003.

Darvish is looking to bounce back on the road, where he's surrendered 12 runs -- eight earned -- with 17 strikeouts and nine walks in his last two outings. He hasn't lost three straight away from home since a four-game slide as a rookie from May 6-June 7, 2012.

The right-hander, though, was outstanding at home Saturday, collecting 10 strikeouts and allowing four hits in eight innings of a 5-0 win over Minnesota. He's tossed 20 straight scoreless innings in his last three at home, winning them all behind a 1.50 ERA.

A two-time All-Star and last year's runner-up for the AL Cy Young, Darvish is 6-1 with a 1.32 ERA in eight career interleague starts. He's allowed one run with 50 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings while winning four of his last five.

He's facing the Mets (37-48) for the first time and may have to contend with Wright, who has missed six games with a sore left shoulder.

New York could certainly use its All-Star third baseman. Wright was hitting .385 with six doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in 10 games before being sidelined.

The Mets have dropped seven of eight to fall a season-worst 11 games under .500, including four in a row after managing five singles in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Atlanta.

Wright owns a .364 average while driving in 20 runs in 23 home interleague games.

While Wright's potential return could be a boost for the Mets, giving the ball to Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.88) could also help since their only victory in the past eight games came with him on the mound.

Niese has gotten plenty of run support while winning his last two starts. He's been backed by 16 runs while allowing just three, working six innings in each outing.

That's a welcome change after he compiled a 2.62 ERA in his previous five starts but went 0-1 because he was backed by two runs or fewer in all of them.

Niese's only meeting with Texas was a 14-5 road win on June 25, 2011, in which he allowed two solo homers in 5 2/3 innings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Preview: Game 81 - Mets at Pirates - Niese vs Cole

Preview: Game 81
New York Mets (36-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-39)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA) vs Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.63 ERA)
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 4:05 PM


Pittsburgh (41-39) has won six of seven games behind a 2.16 ERA from the starters, almost two runs below its season mark that ranks near the bottom of the NL.

That recent success includes a pair of impressive performances from Vance Worley and Brandon Cumpton, who combined to allow three runs in 14 innings to lead the Pirates to wins in the first two games of this four-game series.

Cumpton went seven innings Friday and allowing two runs before Josh Harrison's walkoff double gave the Pirates a 3-2, 11-inning win.

Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) will pitch for the first time since allowing one run with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-1 victory at San Diego on June 3.

The right-hander was 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA over his last four starts before going on the disabled list. He's 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA in his past seven home games dating to 2013.

Cole, though, was charged with a 4-2 loss in his only meeting with the Mets on July 14, giving up three runs with five strikeouts in five innings.

He won't have to contend with David Wright, who was scratched Friday due to a sore left shoulder and is headed back to New York for an MRI. The All-Star third baseman has batted .385 with eight RBIs over his past 10 games.

That stretch included two hits and an RBI the last time Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78) took the mound.

The left-hander finally got some help while winning for the first time in six starts Sunday, allowing three runs in six innings and getting plenty of run support in an 11-5 win at Miami. He'd received three or fewer runs in 11 of his first 14 starts this season.

Niese also helped himself with a successful suicide squeeze, while giving up fewer than four runs for the 19th straight start.

He's certainly done that in his two games at Pittsburgh, winning both while allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings. His most recent matchup with the Pirates came at home May 27, when he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-2 victory, though he didn't get a decision.

Andrew McCutchen is 4 for 10 with two doubles against Niese. The star center fielder has one hit in each of the first two games of this series and is batting .347 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 25 games this month.

He's gone 10 for 25 over his past seven meetings with the Mets (36-44).

Pittsburgh acquired Ernesto Frieri in a trade Friday, sending Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels in a deal involving a pair of struggling former closers.

Frieri had a career-high 37 saves with a 3.80 ERA last year, but has blown three of 14 save opportunities while posting a 6.39 ERA in 2014.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Preview: Game 76 - Mets at Miami - Niese vs DeSclafani

Preview: Game 76
New York Mets (34-41) at Miami Marlins (37-37)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-4) 2.67 ERA vs Anthony DeSclafani (1-1) 5.60 ERA
TV - PIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM


The Marlins have enjoyed success against left-handers this year as they face Jon Niese in Sunday's four-game series finale at home.

Miami (37-37) fell for the third time in four games with Saturday's 4-0 defeat. The club has totaled four runs in that span and been shut out twice in this series.

Redmond won't be able to pencil in second baseman Rafael Furcal, who left in the fourth inning with a left calf and hamstring injury after grounding out to end the third. Furcal, who missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season with hamstring and groin injuries, is headed back to the disabled list.

Derek Dietrich, the club's opening day second baseman, is expected to be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Dietrich hit .242 in 41 games for the Marlins this year.

Miami's infield was already missing shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who was scratched Saturday with soreness in his elbow on his throwing arm. He could return Sunday.

The Marlins are 11-5 against left-handed starters as they face Niese (3-4, 2.67 ERA) for the second time after he pitched seven scoreless innings against them May 5 in a 4-3 loss. He is 0-2 with a 3.25 ERA in five road starts against them.

Niese has one of baseball's poorer run support averages at 3.16. He is winless in his last five starts, going 0-1 with a 2.62 ERA as the Mets (34-41) have provided him with eight runs of total support.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is 0 for 3 versus Niese this year after entering the season 7 for 18 with two homers off the southpaw.

Stanton has 13 homers at home -- tied for the most in the majors -- but has none in six 2014 games in Miami against New York.

New York star David Wright is 10 for 23 on this seven-game trip, including 6 for 11 with a homer in this series.

The Marlins will look to split this 10-game homestand behind rookie Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), who will make his fourth career start and first against the Mets. The right-hander gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings Tuesday and did not get a decision in a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Box Score:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Preview: Game 71 - Mets at Cards - Niese vs Wacha

Preview: Game 71
New York Mets (31-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (38-32)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.53 ERA vs Michael Wacha (4-5) 2.88 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:15 PM


The St. Louis Cardinals' pitching staff tends to thrive against NL East teams at Busch Stadium.

Giving the ball to Michael Wacha could keep that success going.

Unbeaten at home, Wacha looks to lead the Cardinals to a fifth straight win Tuesday night against the scuffling New York Mets.

St. Louis (38-32) is 21-3 at home against NL East teams over the past two seasons, thanks mostly to a 2.13 ERA. The staff has been even better while winning six of seven meetings this year, compiling a 1.71 ERA.

Winners in seven of eight, the Cardinals have won four straight with a series sweep of Washington at home before beating New York 6-2 on Monday.

Wacha (4-5, 2.88 ERA) is 7-0 with a 1.61 ERA over his last 10 home starts, including last fall's NL championship series. He's made seven starts in St. Louis this season and has compiled a 1.42 ERA while winning his only decision over his past three games.

Wacha is 0-5 with a 3.40 ERA in seven road starts, and he's given up seven runs in 11 innings while losing his last two. He allowed four runs and four walks in five innings of a 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Wacha has split both of his starts against the Mets (31-39) with a 3.60 ERA, but this will be the first time he faces them at Busch Stadium.

Allen Craig is hitting .384 in his last 21 meetings against East foes, and he's 8 for 15 with two doubles and four RBIs over the past four. That includes doubling on one of his three hits while driving in two runs Monday.

Matt Adams is 6 for 15 with three homers and six RBIs in four games since returning from a calf injury that landed him on the disabled list May 31. The first baseman had two hits and two RBIs Monday, scoring Craig on a triple.

The Cardinals have won 13 of 17 home meetings with the Mets, who are batting .210 while averaging 2.9 runs during a 3-10 stretch.

They mustered five hits Monday after manager Terry Collins batted starting pitcher Jacob deGrom eighth. He said he has "no idea" if he'll try that Tuesday.

Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54) -- a career .156 hitter -- is all too familiar with the Mets' offensive shortcomings. The left-hander has compiled a 2.22 ERA over his last four starts, but he doesn't have a record since he's been backed by seven total runs.

He had another strong effort wasted Thursday, allowing one run with a season-high eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-1, 13-inning loss to Milwaukee.

Niese has a 1.35 ERA while winning three straight starts against the Cardinals. He allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-2 victory April 23, and permitted two runs in 7 1/3 innings in his only career appearance at Busch Stadium on May 16, 2013.

The Current Cardinals Hitters Combined are batting .321 (26 for 81) vs Niese. Yadier Molina is batting .385 (5 for 13) off Niese.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preview: Game 66 - Brewers at Mets - Lohse vs Niese

Preview: Game 66
Milwaukee Brewers (39-27) at New York Mets (29-36)

Probable Pitchers:
Kyle Lohse (7-2) 3.27 ERA vs Jon Niese (3-3) 2.68 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


Kyle Lohse (7-2, 3.27 ERA) has been a key contributor to Milwaukee's surge to the top of the NL Central. After an off outing May 26 -- when he was reached for four runs in 6 2/3 innings -- he fired a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs on June 1.

This time, the right-hander is coming off a disastrous showing Friday in Pittsburgh, where he was drilled for season worsts of eight runs and nine hits in five-plus innings of a 15-5 rout by the Pirates that ended his seven-game winning streak.

He hasn't beaten the Mets (29-36) since 2009, but also hasn't faced them since pitching for St. Louis in 2012. David Wright and Curtis Granderson have given Lohse fits, with Wright going 9 for 21 with two homers and Granderson 8 for 17 with a pair of home runs.

Lohse is 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 lifetime starts versus New York and is 0-2 with a 6.28 ERA in three starts at Citi Field.

Milwaukee (39-27) beat the Mets 3-1 on Thursday, their seventh loss in eight games. New York went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position, dropping to 9 for 64 (.141) in such instances over this eight-game swoon.

That lack of clutch production doesn't bode well for Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.68), who has no record in his last three starts despite giving up two runs in each game while totaling 20 2/3 innings. The Mets backed him with two runs in each outing, and the left-hander left Friday's start at San Francisco after giving up five hits in seven innings of New York's eventual 4-2 defeat.

Though Niese has a 5.68 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Brewers, he's been solid in the last three -- limiting them to five runs and 15 hits in 19 2/3 innings while winning twice. He did not get a decision in his only start versus Milwaukee in 2013, giving up two runs in six innings before New York rallied for a 3-2 win.

Jonathan Lucroy continued his hot June, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI. Batting a team-high .341 overall and .444 (16 for 36) this month, the Brewers catcher is also 5 for 11 lifetime versus Niese.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Friday, June 06, 2014

Preview: Game 61 - Mets at Giants - Niese (3-3) vs Cain (1-3)

Preview: Game 61
New York Mets (28-32) at San Francisco Giants (39-21)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.69 ERA vs Matt Cain (1-3) 3.66 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 10:15 PM


The San Francisco Giants already own the best record in baseball, and one of the major's best pitching staffs. Now, they're getting Matt Cain back.

Cain returns from his second stint on the disabled list Friday night, when the Giants attempt to avoid their longest home losing streak to the New York Mets.

San Francisco (39-21) is on the verge of becoming the first team to reach 40 wins, and much of that success can be traced to a 3.05 ERA that ranks third in baseball.

The rotation has been particularly impressive with a 2.46 ERA over the last 15 games, a stretch that started with Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) suffering a strained right hamstring in a 5-1 win at Colorado on May 21. He tossed three no-hit innings before exiting.

Cain, a three-time All-Star, was on the DL last month with a lacerated right index finger.

He seemed ready to return from his latest injury last Friday, but manager Bruce Bochy opted to play it safe and instead put him on the DL on May 31 retroactive to May 22.

Cain will now face the Mets at home for the first time since getting a career-low two outs while allowing three runs in a 7-2 defeat at home July 10.

That defeat was also the Giants' fifth straight to the Mets at AT&T Park. They've never endured a longer slide at home to New York, and their chances of that happening seem unlikely since they're 19-9 there this season while winning six of their last seven.

San Francisco opens this 10-game homestand after capping a 5-2 trip with Thursday's 6-1 defeat of Cincinnati.

Brandon Crawford had a three-run homer Thursday after going 4 for 31 over the previous 10 games. He's 9 for 21 in his past five versus New York (28-32).

The Mets are looking to show some improvement at the plate after going 4 for 30 with runners in scoring position while being swept in a three-game series by the Chicago Cubs. They were 2 for 13 in Thursday's 7-4 loss in the series finale.

Turning to Jon Niese (3-3, 2.69) could at least help on the mound. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA over his last three games -- all New York wins -- and his latest may have been his most efficient performance of the season.

Niese yielded two runs and scattered eight hits while throwing only 91 pitches in eight innings of a 4-3 win in 11 at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Niese may heed his own words against the Giants since he owns a 2.33 ERA in four starts, but is just 1-2 since he's been backed by five total runs.

He didn't need much help in his last visit to San Francisco on Aug. 1, 2012, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 2-1 victory.

Hunter Pence is 3 for 26 with seven strikeouts against Niese.

On the flip side, David Wright owns Matt Cain, he is batting .440 (11 for 25) with 6 Doubles... Ruben Tejada is batting .364 (4 for 11) vs Cain.

The Mets have to hit to be successful and facing one of the best pitching staffs in the NL is going to be a challenge for them... LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Preview: Game 56 - Mets at Phillies - Niese (3-3) vs Hamels (1-3)

Preview: Game 56
New York Mets (26-29) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-29)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.73 ERA vs Cole Hamels (1-3) 4.43 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:35 PM


On Sunday, the workload will be on starters Jonathon Niese and Cole Hamels to work deep into this fourth game of a five-game wraparound series.

The teams have split back-to-back 14-inning contests, with the Mets avenging Friday night's 6-5 defeat by outlasting the Phillies 5-4 on Saturday thanks to David Wright's two-out go-ahead single.

The marathons have lasted a combined 10 hours and 55 minutes with 934 pitches thrown, leaving both bullpens taxed to a near-breaking point. Sixteen relievers -- eight of them appearing in both games -- have combined to throw 534 pitches in 32 innings.

Saturday's loser Antonio Bastardo has allowed the lone run by Phillies relievers in 15 innings over the two contests, but the Mets (26-29) have conceded only three in 17 -- and the 285 pitches logged by their bullpen are their most in consecutive games dating to at least 1988.

Buddy Carlyle, called up from Triple-A after Friday's loss, got his first win since 2008 with three scoreless innings.

The Mets likely won't be able to call on Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jeurys Familia, and Josh Edgin and Scott Rice might be restricted to situational help. Left-hander Dana Eveland will be added to the roster before the game according to

For Philadelphia (24-29), Bastardo, Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon and Mario Hollands all have thrown at least one inning in both contests, and Jeff Manship -- who strained his right quadriceps trying to beat out a chopper in the bottom of the 13th -- is unavailable after striking out six in four hitless innings.

Bastardo has pitched four consecutive days, walking seven in three innings over that span, and likely would be only used as a last resort.

Niese (3-3, 2.74 ERA) has pitched at least six innings in seven of his 10 starts, but he has failed to do that in two of his last three.

The left-hander struggled with his command Tuesday against Pittsburgh, walking four in 5 2/3 innings before New York pulled out a 4-2 win.

Niese did beat Hamels (1-3, 4.43) in a 6-1 victory April 29, holding the Phillies to one run in seven innings while Hamels was tagged for six in 4 2-3. On May 11, Hamels fanned 10 and allowed one run in seven innings and Niese yielded three in six of New York's 5-4, 11-inning victory.

Hamels lost to Colorado on Tuesday after giving up a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning of a 6-2 defeat, and his 14 losses to the Mets are his most against any team. Wright is hitting .329 (23 for 70) with five homers and three doubles against the lefty, while David Murphy is 17 for 40 with a homer and four doubles.

This is the second straight year Philadelphia will deal with an overworked bullpen in a series -- its relievers tossed 407 pitches Aug. 24 and 25 against Arizona, with 351 of them coming in a 12-7, 18-inning defeat. The Phillies won the following game 9-5.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Preview: Game 51 - Pirates at Mets - Volquez (2-4) vs Niese (3-3)

Preview: Game 51
Pittsburgh Pirates (23-27) (7-14 Away) at New York Mets (22-28) (11-17 Home)

Probable Pitchers:
Edinson Volquez (2-4) 4.37 ERA vs Jon Niese (3-3) 2.70 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


Edinson Volquez has struggled away from Pittsburgh this season. He's had an even harder time through his career at Citi Field.

This New York Mets lineup, though, has been quite forgiving at home.

The right-hander will try to overcome his road headaches Tuesday night in New York as the Pirates continue a three-game series against the Mets, who responded to giving away the series opener with coaching and player changes.

New York (22-28), 3-9 since May 14, announced after Monday's 5-3 defeat that it had fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens.

The club also cut reliever Jose Valverde, who gave up the go-ahead hit in the ninth inning to Gaby Sanchez. The Mets' .237 team average is near the bottom of baseball while Valverde's four runs allowed in two-thirds of an inning ballooned his ERA to 5.66.

Volquez (2-4, 4.37 ERA) had possibly his best outing of the season in Thursday's 3-1 victory over Washington, allowing a run and three hits in six innings to earn a win after going 0-4 in his previous five starts.

But that came at home. Volquez is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in three road starts and has allowed 11 runs and six home runs over his last two. He's 0-5 with a 6.39 ERA in seven starts away from home since Aug. 12.

At Citi Field, he has lost each of his three starts with a 6.32 ERA.

Jon Niese hasn't allowed more than three runs in 14 straight starts there and looked comfortable at home in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Niese (3-3, 2.70) surrendered three runs and four hits in seven innings to pick up the victory against Zack Greinke.

His ERA has been climbing in his last four starts, but the left-hander has not given up more than three earned runs in 13 consecutive starts -- nine this season.

He's 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA against the Pirates, but Niese's last start against them ended with eight runs allowed in 4 1/3 innings in a 11-2 loss May 11, 2013.

That's the kind of offense Pittsburgh (23-27) has failed to produce this season on the road, where it is batting .226, though a 12-hit effort in Monday's comeback win could have provided a breakthrough.

Lucas Duda showed signs of breaking from his slump, going 2 for 4 with a home run after a 3-for-31 stretch.

New York's starting pitching, meanwhile, continued a strong run, albeit in a small sample size. Since Wednesday, the Mets' rotation has held opponents to a .179 average.

Andrew McCutchen is 4 for 8 against Niese. The Pirates as a team are hitting .312 with 5 HR's vs Niese

Eric Young Jr. landed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday's game because of a strained right hamstring.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Preview: Game 46: Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22) at New York Mets (20-25) - Greinke (7-1) vs Niese (2-3)

Preview: Game 46:
Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22) at New York Mets (20-25)

Pitching Probables - Zack Greinke (7-1) 2.03 ERA vs Jon Niese (2-3) 2.54 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


Zack Greinke takes the mound opposite Jon Niese as the visiting Dodgers go for a three-game sweep of the Mets on Thursday night.

Greinke (7-1, 2.03 ERA) has been superb through his first nine starts, striking out 61 and walking 12 over 53 1/3 innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched well again Friday, throwing eight innings of five-hit ball in a 7-0 win at Arizona.

Greinke has yielded two runs or fewer in 21 consecutive starts dating to last year, the longest such streak in the majors since at least 1914. He is 11-1 with a 1.86 ERA in his last 15 on the road.

Greinke hasn't faced New York (20-25) since scattering five hits over seven innings in an 8-0 road win with Milwaukee in 2012. He would appear to have another favorable matchup against a Mets team that's a major league-worst 5-14 this month.

New York has dropped three straight and six of seven after falling 4-3 on Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back shots for Los Angeles (25-22), which has taken 11 of 12 from the Mets by a combined 70-43 score.

The Dodgers finished with just five hits, but all went for extra bases.

Yasiel Puig, who collected three hits in Tuesday's 9-4 series-opening victory, is batting .408 with seven homers and 23 RBIs over the last 19 games. Gonzalez is 9 for 16 in the last four.

The Dodgers will try to stay hot against Niese (2-3, 2.54), who didn't have his best stuff in Friday's 5-2 loss at Washington. The left-hander yielded five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits over a season-low four innings.

Niese has gone 1-2 despite a 2.59 ERA in four home starts while receiving a combined five runs of support. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in four outings versus Los Angeles.

Niese has held Juan Uribe hitless in 11 at-bats in their matchups, but he won't face the third baseman. Uribe, batting .303 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained hamstring.

Going to be tough as the Mets have to face the Dodgers best pitcher right now. Time for the Mets to turn it around, avoid the sweep and get it going in a positive direction. LGM!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

What's on Deck - Dodgers at Mets (3 Game Series) - Pitching Matchups - Dodgers News and Notes

What's on Deck - Mets at Dodgers (3 Game Series)


Pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38) VS. RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday:  LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) VS. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29) , 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03) VS. LHP Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Dodgers News and Notes:

The Mets will have Rafael Montero going for his first win and his second start of the season. Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second game and will hopefully have a better offensive showing than last time as he lost 1-0 in his first MLB game. And Jon Niese will pitch the finale, who imploded a little bit in his last start going only 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs and will look to bounce back.

Josh Beckett on Tuesday earned his first win since Sept. 30, 2012. He had been 0-6 in 14 starts. Beckett did not pitch after mid-May last season and ultimately underwent surgery to remove a rib. That procedure attempted to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome -- a pinched nerve affecting his right arm. For the season, the 34-year-old Beckett leads the L.A. rotation in WHIP (1.056) and hits per nine innings (6.3). Beckett is throwing his fastball a career-low 35.5 percent of the time. He now throws a curveball a career-high 30.1 percent.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a four-inning simulated game Friday and will reenter the rotation Wednesday, officially pushing originally listed starter Paul Maholm to the bullpen. That also could push reliever Chris Withrow to the minors despite a 2.77 ERA, because Withrow is not out of options. Ryu landed on the DL with left-shoulder inflammation.

Maholm (1-4, 5.40 ERA) enters the series off a start against the Miami Marlins in which he allowed 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Reed Johnson homered against him on a 62 mph curveball, the slowest pitch resulting in a long ball in the majors since Jose Bautista sent a 61.7 mph offering also from Maholm over the outfield wall on May 28, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Maholm made three relief appearances in March/April, including during the club’s season-opening trip to Australia.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Preview: Game 41 - Mets (19-21) at Nationals (21-19) - Niese (2-2) vs Roark (2-1)

Preview: Game 41
New York Mets (19-21) at Washington Nationals (21-19)
Pitching Probables - Jon Niese (2-2) 2.17 ERA vs Tanner Roark (2-1) 3.65 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:05 PM

Starters Overall
Starters Last 3
Overall Stats
NY Mets19-2117-17-6.2293.88.346.304
Last 10 Stats
NY Mets3-74- 5-1.2263.62.374.289
Washington4-64- 5-1.2273.59.342.276
Away Stats
NY Mets10-910- 5-4.2594.51.390.326
Washington10-1013- 6-1.2494.34.426.308
Home Stats
NY Mets9-127-12-2.2003.38.302.282


The visiting Mets look to break out of their latest funk at the plate while trying to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Nationals in the opener of this three-game set Friday night.

New York (19-21) is batting .229, tying AL-worst Houston while ranking only better than San Diego's .221. The Mets have also been shut out six times, which trails only the Padres' seven.

New York, though, gained ground on that dubious mark by following Wednesday's 4-0 home loss to the New York Yankees with a 1-0 defeat a day later to split the four-game, two-venue Subway Series.

The Mets are five innings shy of their season-high 23 consecutive scoreless innings from May 5-7, which also was the Mets' longest such streak since going 24 from July 15-17, 2010.

They haven't been blanked in three straight games since July 1992.

The offense has done little to inspire hope of avoiding a similar fate, totaling seven hits over the past two games. The Mets also own a .199 average during their skid to Washington (21-19), losing two of those games via shutout.

David Wright had four hits with one homer and three RBIs as New York was swept in a three-game season-opening series at home by the Nationals. However, he went 0 for 8 in the shutout losses to the Yankees after batting .392 while plating 10 runs during an 11-game hitting streak.

Despite the Mets' recent struggles with Washington, Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.17 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.47 ERA in seven career starts against the NL East rival. That includes a 1.67 ERA while winning both decisions over five road meetings.

The left-hander owns the Mets' lowest ERA, and enters this visit to the nation's capital 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA over his past four starts. Although, he hasn't received a decision in his last two, while being backed by four total runs. The Nats, as a team collectively are batting .315 (40 for 127) with 3 HRs off Niese..

He got one run of support Sunday, allowing three with six strikeouts in six innings before the Mets rallied for a 5-4 win over Philadelphia.

The Nationals are returning home following a 2-4 trip, which was capped Wednesday by a four-run ninth inning to spur a 5-1 win at Arizona.

Giving the ball to Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.65) at home may help since he hasn't allowed a run in 22 2/3 innings while going 2-0 over three starts at home dating to last season. That includes a three-hitter in a 4-0 win over San Diego on April 26.

The second-year right-hander, however, followed that by surrendering a career-high seven runs and two homers in four innings of a 7-2 loss at Philadelphia on May 3.

He was much better a week later, yielding one run and two hits while leaving with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 loss in 10 at Oakland.

Roark has won both of his starts against the Mets on the road. The Mets as a team are hitting .295 (13 for 44) vs Roark.

It's gonna be a true test for the Mets as the starting pitchers have not been able to handle the Nationals Bats so far this season... LGM!

NY MetsWashington
- Catcher Travis d`Arnaud (5/14, concussion) is on the 7-day disabled list. Starting pitcher Dillon Gee (5/11, strained right lat muscle) is on the 15-day disabled list. Relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen (5/6, stomach virus) is on the 15-day disabled list. Relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (4/1, right elbow surgery) is on the 15-day disabled list and will miss the remainder of the season. Starting pitcher Matt Harvey (2/5, right elbow surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list and is expected to miss the entire season. *Shortstop Wilmer Flores (5/16, flu-like symptoms) is questionable for Friday's game against Washington.- First baseman Adam LaRoche (5/10, strained right quadriceps) is on the 15-day disabled list. Left fielder Bryce Harper (4/26, left thumb surgery) is on the 15-day disabled list and is out indefinitely. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (4/13, broken right thumb) is on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Relief pitcher Ross Ohlendorf (3/26, strained lower back) is on the 60-day disabled list. Relief pitcher Erik Davis (2/13, right elbow surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list and will miss the entire season.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Preview: Game 36 - Philadelphia Phillies (17-18) at New York Mets (16-19) - Hamels (0-2) vs Niese (2-2)

Preview: Game 36
Philadelphia Phillies (17-18) at New York Mets (16-19)

Pitching Probables - Cole Hamels (0-2) 7.02 ERA vs Jon Niese (2-2) 1.82 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM


The New York Mets look to avoid another sweep, this one in the hands of the Phillies who have bailed themselves out of last place (17-18) and have left the Mets (16-19) there sitting at the bottom.

The Mets would love another dominant outing from Niese as they try to snap a season-high five-game slide against Hamels and the Phillies in Sunday's finale of this three-game set at Citi Field.

Niese (2-2, 1.82 ERA) has been troubled by injuries throughout his career, and started this season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. The left-hander has returned to compile the Mets' lowest ERA and WHIP (1.01) through his first six starts.

He's been even better over his last four outings, putting together a 1.01 ERA and 0.97 WHIP while holding opponents to a .194 average.

The bullpen let Niese down Monday, when he tossed seven scoreless innings before Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up three in the eighth of a 4-3 defeat at Miami.

Niese's recent dominance includes a 6-1 win at Philadelphia on April 29, when the only run he allowed in seven innings came on a solo homer by former Met Marlon Byrd.

He was even better against the Phillies at home Aug. 27, tossing a three-hitter in a 5-0 victory to improve to 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six meetings there.

Continuing that success may be vital with the Mets on the verge of six straight defeats for the first time since May 10-15, 2013. They got closer to that mark by falling 5-4 to Philadelphia on Saturday as Ryan Howard delivered the decisive blow with a tiebreaking single in the ninth.

Howard doubled on one of his season high-tying four hits Saturday, and he's batting .432 with five doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs over his last 11 meetings with New York.

Howard, though, is 2 for 18 with nine strikeouts against Niese.

While Niese is emerging as the Mets' top arm, Hamels (0-2, 7.02) is having a tough time finding his first win of the season and the 100th of his career.

One of those attempts came opposite Niese last month, when he surrendered six runs while walking five batters and hitting another in 4 2/3 innings, giving him back-to-back losses and a 9.26 ERA versus New York.

Hamels didn't show much improvement Tuesday, getting hammered for five runs and 10 hits -- two homers -- in six innings of a 6-5 loss in 10 to Toronto.

David Wright is hitting .429 with six doubles and six RBIs in his last eight games. He had a double and a homer among his three hits while adding three RBIs Saturday.

The All-Star third baseman went 0 for 3 versus Hamels on April 29 after going 10 for 24 with three homers over the past two seasons.

David Wright in his career is batting .333 (22 for 66) vs Hamels with 5 Bombs. The Mets players combined are hitting .300 (74 for 243) vs Hamels. Juan Lagares (5 for 13) is hitting .385 vs Hamels. Daniel Murphy is batting .405 (15 for 37) vs the lefty... Ruben Tejada is batting .308 vs Hamels. Chris Young is batting .313 (5 for 16) and Eric Young is batting .375 (9 for 24) vs Hamels.

The Mets have a good chance to squander the last of three in NYC... Happy Mothers Day Everyone!

Lets Go Mets!

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