Niese starts tonight

Jon Niese, at 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo, starts tonight for the Mets against Pittsburgh. When Niese considered his record, he admits the promotion came as a surprise.

“It was a shock, but I was real excited,” said Niese. “I had a rough start. You can’t go around that. But I figured things out working on my bullpens, trying to pound the ball in the zone, and I tried to incorporate into my last outing and was successful.”

Barring an exceptional performance that just screams for an encore, this might be Niese’s only start with the Mets for awhile because Tim Redding (shoulder injury) is close to returning.

Redding pitched six strong innings in a rehab start Wednesday for Buffalo.

“I think we’re in a situation where we can now evaluate that spot on a turn-by-turn basis,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “It will depend on how we look the next time around, basically for Niese. This will be a good opportunity for him, but if he’s not quite ready, Redding or another starter down there could take that place.”

5 thoughts on “Niese starts tonight

  1. mets need to keep the pressure on. distrubing some how it needs to be mentioned that playing people other than the phils the intensity goes down, so lets hope the keep it up and keep playing well

  2. i am not real hopeful about today.

    he hasn’t pitched well down there.

    even if he has a good game i would still bounce him down if we have another option.

  3. Whatever happens tonight it is still good to know at least were bringing up a pitcher who has an upside.
    Unlike some of the many guys over the last 4 years including you know who.

  4. We need to take 2 of 3 from the Pirates and 2 of 3 from the Braves before heading out on a long road trip. Need to start building momentum.

    Hope Niese is up to the challenge tonight.

  5. We have pitchers in the minors.

    The problem is most of them are more than a year away.

    Niese seems the closest, but so far he has not pitched well in AAA.

    There is hope for the pitching in the coming years.

    I am not worried longer term if Ollie just sucks and we have to eat his contract.

    I would be worried if both he and Maine wash out.

    We have a number of pitchers, mostly at the AA level who should be up in 2 or 3 years.

    In the meantime, unless Parnell can get a couple of secondary pitches it is Niese or a trade or a free agent.