It’s not the pitching line, but the feel of his pitches this time of year.
“I felt good. My stuff was very good,” Jonathan Niese said after this afternoon’s 62-pitch outing against the Venezuelan WBC team.
“I am not used to that kind of workload (this early in spring training). But, that’s a good thing.”
Niese said getting his curveball over and mastering his change-up is what concerns him most. Both are feel pitches requiring time to master.
“I have to get my curveball over,” Niese said. “I couldn’t get my curve-ball over for strikes. My change-up is getting a lot better, but it’s not where I want. I need to build off this. Usually my change-up is always the last pitch. … I like where my arm strength is and I like how the ball is coming out of my hand.”
“They have a good lineup,” Niese said. “They made me work. I made a couple of mistakes and they made me pay for them.”
Another thing Niese is getting acclimated to is pitching to veteran catcher John Buck. The first impression has been a good one.
“We have to work a lot more together,” Niese said. “He calls a great game.”
“We all want it,”Niese said when asked if he coveted the assignment. “Who wouldn’t?”