It’s no secret that New York Mets‘ starting pitcher Jon Niese has labored since his return from the disabled list. Yesterday Niese took the ball in the series finally against the Philadelphia Phillies and put together his best outing in quite some time. Niese went seven innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six in the Mets’ 5-3 win over the Phillies.
This marks Niese’s first win since the end of June, and it has to feel good to see a ‘W’ on the board after struggling for nearly a month. Niese was not dominant in his win over the Phillies, but he did what needed to be done in order to win the ball game. He kept his team in the game, and his offense gave him the support that he needed which was a three-run blast in the top of the seventh by backup catcher Anthony Recker to break a 2-2 tie. Niese limited the damage and did not fall victim to the long ball which killed him in his last start against the Washington Nationals.
Now Niese must build off this solid start. Now that he has found the win column again, he must use that as momentum so that he can keep it going down the stretch. We recently saw Dillon Gee break out of his little funk, and now finally it looks like Niese has as well. The Mets could not afford Niese to struggle any longer with them being 7.5 games out of first place; every game is crucial.
It was nice to see Niese back to his regular form yesterday. It was painful to watch his previous starts due to the fact that the teams he faced were just teeing off on him. Yesterday he looked more like the pitcher we expect him to be, and he should have no problem pitching into the sixth or seventh inning allowing three runs or less every time out. He certainly has the repertoire to be that type of pitcher.
It has been confirmed that Niese has passed through waivers and the Mets are able to trade him to any team. I don’t think there is any way the Mets deal him; I would be very shocked if it were to happen. The only way I can see a deal for him happening is if they are absolutely blown away by an offer, but I highly doubt that is going to happen. He is going to be an important piece the rest of the way for this team, and if they want to trade him they should do it during the offseason so he could build up stock the rest of this year.
Niese is going to be a Met for the remainder of this year; I have no doubt about that. He needs to continue to pitch like he did yesterday, because the Mets are going to need it, especially while Jacob deGrom is out. Niese has played and continues to play a significant role on this team. I hope now with this solid start under his belt he can keep the momentum going the rest of the way.