The Mets will attempt to snap their road doldrums tonight in Milwaukee when Fernando Nieve (1-2, 5.09 ERA) comes out of the bullpen. It’s not as if this is new to him, as he was 3-3 with a 3.12 ERA in seven starts last year before a torn right quadriceps ended his season.
“If he does well, he will continue to get the ball,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “And if we come into a situation where we have too many starters, I think that’s all good, too.’’
The start comes after a rocky May in which had a 7.20 ERA for the month, perhaps brought on by over use. Nieve said he prefers this role.
“Now I have I have a chance I’ve been waiting for,’’ Nieve said. “I’m going to try to do the same as the beginning of the season when I was a reliever. I hope to do a good job and they’ll keep me in the rotation.’’
One of Nieve’s starts last season was at Milwaukee, a short 3 1/3 inning-start in which he gave up three runs on 11 hits.
Here’s the lineup behind Nieve:
Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Fernando Nieve, RP