The red-hot Mets will attempt to keep it rolling tonight in Cleveland behind Jon Niese, who appears to have turned the corner since coming off the disabled list.
In his two starts since, Niese is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA, which included a one-hit shutout in his last start – missing a perfect game by that hit.
“Hopefully I don’t give up any runs the rest of the year, but that’s probably not going to happen,’’ Niese told reporters. “ I just go out there and try to put up zeroes every time, and when I don’t have good stuff that day, just do what I can to keep the team in the game.’’
Niese said the DL was a good for him in that it let his right hamstring fully heal.
“I think that was the best thing that could have happened,’’ Niese said. “Ever since then, I haven’t felt anything.’’
Once thought to be the target of teams wishing to discuss trade with the Mets, he’s not going anywhere.
“We felt pretty good about him to push him up into the rotation at the beginning of the season,’’ manager Jerry Manuel said. “We always felt after what we saw from him last year that he had a chance to do some good things. … I’m looking forward to (seeing him pitch). One of the things he does well is pitches fast and that keeps us on our toes defensively.’’
Niese has been part of the solid pitching run that has the Mets seeking their sixth victory in a row. They could move into first place tonight with a win and Atlanta loss.