• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Mets' Jonathon Niese makes first relief appearance in over four years

    Metspitcher Jonathon Niese made his first relief appearance since July 10, 2011 on Tuesday, allowing one run on three singles in 1 2/3 innings. Niese will likely work at least one more time the final week of the season. That appearance could come Wednesday, as New York sees if Niese can go on back-to-back days.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Mets moving Jonathon Niese to the bullpen with playoffs looming

    Jonathon Niese will miss his start Tuesday for the Mets against Philadelphia as he transitions to the bullpen for the playoffs, per Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger. It was widely expected that Niese would move to the bullpen for the playoffs given how many good starters the Mets boast on their roster. Long man Logan Verrett will get the start instead, something they are probably fine with given that they just clinched their division.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Mets SP Jonathon Niese turns in solid effort in win over Braves

    Mets starter Jonathon Niese won his ninth game of the season behind six shutout innings Monday against Atlanta. He struck out two, walked two, and allowed three hits. Niese induced 13 ground balls and needed just 88 pitches to get through six innings in the gem. This marks Niese's first shutout outing since July 19 against St. Louis, when he went 7 2/3 shutout and struck out three. Niese now has a pair of consecutive quality starts after allowing five runs in his previous four starts. His ERA is down to 4.16.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Collins plans to keep Mets SP Jonathon Niese in rotation

    Mets southpaw starter Jonathon Niese has been a mess on the mound recently, but Terry Collins will not remove him from the rotation. Niese has allowed 23 earned runs over his last 19 2/3 innings pitched. With the Mets seeking to hang onto first place in their division, they can't afford to keep throwing Niese out there if he continues his swoon. But Terry Collins stats that he still believes in him. "I'm goin to send him back out there," Collins told the New York Daily News. Niese is 8-10 with a 4.17 ERA on the year. He strung together 12 quality starts in 13 outings before his recent skid.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Mets SP Jonathon Niese struggles in Tuesday's loss

    Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese got through the first two innings unscathed, but the third was his undoing during Tuesday's 14-8 loss to the Phillies. Niese allowed five runs in the third en route to six runs on seven hits over five innings. He also struck out two and walked two. One of his mistakes was giving up a three-run home run to Darin Ruf in the third. Niese had not lost his last eight outings prior to Tuesday's defeat.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Mets SP Jonathon Niese gives up five, gets no-decision Thursday

    Mets starter Jonathon Niese had a rough outing on Thursday, but he was bailed out by his offense in the 9-5 win over the Phillies. Niese endured one bad inning, as all five runs the Phillies would score came in the third inning. Niese, who got the no-decision on Thursday, allowed five runs on five hits over six innings. He walked five and struck out five, throwing 57 of his 103 pitches for strikes. Niese has now struggled in back-to-back starts, but the Mets' explosive offense has gotten him off the hook in both outings. Overall, in five August starts, Niese went 3-0 with a 5.18 ERA.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Mets SP Jonathon Niese wins despite allowing seven runs

    Mets starter Jonathon Niese earned himself a Coors Field win on Saturday. The left-hander allowed seven runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings, but still came out on top against the Rockies, as the Mets won by the score of 14-9. Niese (8-9, 3.80 ERA) was given a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but he gave that right back in the bottom half. The Mets went on to put up an eight-spot in the top of the third, with another three-run inning in the fifth. But Niese got knocked around as well, giving up four runs in the sixth. This was a forgettable outing for Niese, who had posted quality starts in 12 of his last 13 outings coming in.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Mets SP Jonathon Niese allows three runs in no-decision

    Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese was average during his start against the Pirates on Saturday. Niese allowed three runs on five hits in six solid innings of work. He struck out five batters, but allowed a pair of walks and two home runs in the no-decision. Niese (7-9) has a 3.50 ERA in 141 1/3 innings of work this year.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Mets SP Jonathon Niese finally gets run support in earning win

    Mets starter Jonathon Niese was waiting throughout his outing Monday night for his offense to catch up with his pitching. It finally did - and the result was his second consecutive victory. Niese allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts. But the Rockies held the lead until the bottom of the seventh, when New York tallied three. The bullpen did the rest. The left-hander gave up only a two-run homer to sizzling Carlos Gonzalez in the fourth. He surrendered two more hits in that inning before settling down to retire the last 11 batters he faced. Niese has yielded just four runs over 20 innings in his last three starts to shrink his ERA to 3.46.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Mets' Jon Niese gives up one run, picks up sixth win on Tuesday

    Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese posted yet another brilliant outing, limiting the Marlins to one run over seven innings on Tuesday. Niese gave up four hits and a walk while striking out six in the 5-1 victory. Niese left the game with the score tied 1-1, but the Mets put up a four-spot in the top of the eighth in support of their starter. Niese (6-9) has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 of his past 11 outings, with the only off night coming against the Dodgers on July 24. Despite the strong pitching, Niese has just three wins in that 11-start stretch.