NIESE: Gets Ball Friday. Photo Credit: Getty Images
By John Delcos
The New York Mets had a multitude of issues entering the season. After being shutout in back-to-back games by the Yankees, obviously scoring runs was one of them.
This time, blaming Ike Davis won’t work this time, although his replacement, Lucas Duda, hasn’t drawn many cheers lately.
Another concern was the rotation, lead by left-hander Jon Niese, who’ll get the ball Friday night in Washington against the Nationals. Despite the Mets' woeful offense, Niese has done well against the Nationals and gives them a reasonable shot at winning.
Seriously. In seven career starts against Washington, Niese is 3-0 with a 2.47 ERA. Overall this year, Niese is 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA, another number suggestion being competitive tonight is possible.
Niese has been especially effective on the road, which isn’t surprising considering how well they’ve played at Citi Field.
``I really don't care where my wins and losses are – just as long as the team's winning, that's fine with me,’’ said Niese is typical pitcher’s cliché.
The Mets take a 19-21 record into Washington, which isn’t impressive on most scales especially considering six of those losses were by shutout. On the flip side, however, it isn’t too far from the Nationals’ 21-19 record.
Eric Young, lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Curtis Granderson, cf
Bobby Abreu, rf
Lucas Duda, 1b
Anthony Recker, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Jon Niese, lhp
***John Delcos has covered Major League Baseball for over 20 and has been in the New York market for over 10 seasons on the Mets and Yankees beats. He has a Hall of Fame vote and owns the Mets’ website newyorkmetsreport.com