New York Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese found his rhythm early in Saturday’s game against the highest scoring offense in MLB in the second half of this season, the Washington Nationals. Niese out dueled Nationals starter Edwin Jackson, who had ten strikeouts through the first six innings. The line for Niese read 7.1IP, 7SOs, 5 hits and no runs allowed. Quite impressive for the left hand pitcher who went through a rough patch in the month of July losing four out of five games.
Niese, through 25 starts this year, has posted a 10-6 record with a 3.49ERA, 129SOs and a 1.15WHIP. Not bad for a pitcher in his fourth year that has never pitched a complete season. What impresses me the most about Niese is that he has only had four games in which he has not gone at least six innings, and those were all in the month of May. His durability will be the reason that he remains a mainstay in this rotation as a quality three or four pitcher for years to come.
All Mets fans should be proud of this homegrown talent as he continues to show improvement each year. His command looks great this late in the year and maybe the rhinoplasty surgery, compliments of Carlos Beltran, really did make a difference with his breathing and stamina. With the help of an Ike Davis home run tonight, Niese has now won three out of four in the month of August and is on track to win possibly 14 games this year.
Terry Collins and Dan Warthen will be meeting with Sandy Alderson and other Mets brass Monday to discuss the future of Johan Santana for the rest of 2012. The Mets should shut him down and look to have him at full strength for 2013. They can not afford another injury to Santana as he is due $31million next year and an option for 2014.
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