Tag:Jon Niese
Posted on: August 21, 2010 5:43 pm

Mets may limit Niese's innings

Jon Niese Not much has gone right for the Mets' season, but one thing has -- the emergence of Jon Niese.

The 23-year-old has made 22 starts on the year, posting a 3.38 ERA in 133 innings. He's whiffed 105 and walked 42.

To protect New York's investment, pitching coach Dan Warthen said a discussion will be held about the left-handers increasing innings total. Warthen noted that Niese threw 164 innings two years ago in the minors, which indicates that the youngster should have no trouble surpassing that total. The Mets may not want Niese to go much further beyond that as Niese missed part of the 2009 season after tearing a hamstring.

"You don't want to burn [his arm] out," Warthen told the New York Post .

However, manager Jerry Manuel said he wasn't inclined to limit Niese's innings but would listen to what Warthen had to say on the subject.

Niese, for one, agrees with his manager as Niese has already missed three starts on the year due to a 15-day disabled list stint for a straight right hamstring.

"I think in my situation, with me being on the DL, that already shortened my season," Niese said. "That was three starts right there."

Niese is slated to make seven more starts on the year with a projected 172 2/3 innings. Given two years ago he hit the 164-inning mark, don't be surprised if Manuel opts not to skip Niese. Warthen may be playing it a bit too safe with Niese, although it's commendable to have someone looking out for the arms of young pitchers.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Jon Niese, Mets
Posted on: June 25, 2010 3:57 pm

Mets keeping Pagan as Beltran insurance

Angel Pagan Add Angel Pagan to the list of Mets untouchables -- at least for now.

Mets sources told the New York Daily News that the team is unwilling to include the outfielder in a deal as it look to add a starting pitcher. Pagan has been a pleasant surprise as a replacement for the injured Carlos Beltran this season, and with Beltran's return imminent, Pagan could become a luxury and an attractive trade piece.

The Mets, however, are not comfortable giving Pagan up without being certain Beltran, who is working back from January knee surgery, is going to hold up. If Beltran makes it back and plays well before the July 31 trade deadline, Pagan could become expendable later. For now he's Beltran insurance.

New York, which reportedly is interested in Seattle's Cliff Lee, also is unwilling to part with pitcher Jon Niese or infielder Ike Davis.

In a separate Daily News story, the paper reports that the Mets are not in the market for a second baseman despite Luis Castillo's foot problems. The team is happy with 20-year-old Ruben Tejada at second.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 1:12 pm

Mets unwilling to deal Niese for top starter

Jon Niese The Mets have been linked to high-profile pitchers such as Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt in recent days. Even Met players have gotten in on the speculation, but can New York afford the price of these pitchers?

They'll have to, as a Mets player dismissed speculation the team could instead go for a solid arm to plug into the rotation such as the Orioles' Kevin Millwood and the Indians' Jake Westbrook. The team faced the two pitchers during interleague play and came away less than impressed.

Yet, the Mets may have no choice to seek a starter on the level of Westbrook and Millwood. That's because, to get a player the caliber of Lee and Oswalt, the team will have to surrender some valuable young pieces, one of which could be Jon Niese.

That's not something New York is willing to do, notes FOX Sports' Bob Klapisch. He reports that senior officials say there is no chance Niese will be traded. Niese has three things working for him: his age (and following that line of thought, salary), handedness and production.

At just 23 and left-handed, Niese has become an important cog in the Mets' rotation, starting 12 games on the season and posting a 4.17 ERA. He's got years of team control ahead of him, and the Mets are wisely keeping one eye on the future even as they scrape and claw for first place in the NL East.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 6:51 pm

Mets happy to make way for another ace

Cliff Lee Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey apparently are willing to check their front-of-the-rotation egos if the Mets want to bring in another big gun.

It seems like a no-brainer that players would welcome a teammate who could help them win a championship, but the Mets' top two starters were unusually open in comments to the New York Daily News about their desire to see the team add Cliff Lee (pictured) or Roy Oswalt.

"There's no question, what we're looking for is a championship," Santana said. "You get into that category of pitchers, that's what they do. To go along with what we have, there's nothing wrong with getting better."

"We've been playing great, but to go out and add a guy like [Oswalt or Lee], it might put us over the top," Pelfrey said. "You would definitely love to have those guys on your team. I think those are some of the elite pitchers in the game. It definitely can help if you go out and get them."

Both pitchers were sure to praise the other members of the current rotation, Jon Niese, Hisanori Takahashi and R.A. Dickey. All three have been integral to the Mets being where they are (the Mets would be the National League wild-card team if the playoffs started today), but one would have to be sacrificed if Lee or Oswalt came on.

Tuesday, manager Jerry Manuel added his voice to the chorus.

"The more aces you can put out on the mound obviously the better your chances," Manuel said.

The comments don't really rise to the level of pressuring the team to get Lee or Oswalt, but it does make you wonder what these guys will have to say if the trade deadline passes without any action by the Mets.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:44 am

Mets rotation news

The Mets have flopped R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese in the rotation. Niese will go Thursday against the Padres and Dickey on Friday against the Orioles. The move gives knuckleballer Dickey extra rest.

Right-hander John Maine, who has been on the disabled list since May 22 with shoulder tendinitis, is coming along faster than expected and could be back in the Mets' rotation as soon as next week. He threw a simulated game yesterday and will make a minor league rehab appearance this weekend.

Manager Jerry Manuel told reporters that when Maine returns, Hisanori Takahashi is headed back to the bullpen.

"We like Takahashi as a pitcher," Manuel said "[But] we think we have lost something in the bullpen when he's a starter, so that's a scenario that could work if and when John Maine is healthy and we feel he's ready to be part of the rotation."

-- David Andriesen

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