Jon Niese
SP PIT
2 weeks ago

Niese has been moved to a role coming out of the Pirates' bullpen, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Niese's difficult first half of the season, including a brutal last six starts in which he recorded a 7.92 ERA and a WHIP just under 2.00, ultimately cost him his spot in the rotation. He'll now be used as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen, but his experience as a starter could lead to him being used as an innings-eater when the starter fails to make it deep into a game.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
3 weeks ago

Niese (7-6) lasted just 3.2 innings Sunday, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three, but was able to escape with a no-decision in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

He got an extra day to rest his sore knee, but it did Niese little good against the buzzsaw Cubs offense. He's been able to last six innings just once in his last six starts, and Niese's 5.13 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in the first half should be causing the Pirates' front office to consider their options for his rotation spot if they want to stay in contention for a postseason berth.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
3 weeks ago

Niese (knee) is starting Sunday's game against the Cubs, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Niese got an extra day to rest his sore knee after his Saturday start was bumped back to Sunday. He'll now toe the hill against John Lackey and the Cubs. Niese will look to end the first half of the season on a high note as he's struggled in his last five outings, going 1-4 with a 7.33 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over 27 innings.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
3 weeks ago

Niese (knee) will have his next scheduled start bumped back to Sunday against the Cubs, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Niese was originally in line to start Saturday, but he'll effectively get bumped back to the final day before the All-Star break, which will give him a bit of extra time to rest a sore knee. Additional testing on that knee did not seem to reveal any serious damage, so look for Niese to remain in the rotation following the break as long as he continues to perform well for Pittsburgh.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
3 weeks ago

Niese was sent back to Pittsburgh to have his knee examined Tuesday, but he is still expected to start Saturday against the Cubs, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is the first that any issue with his knee has come to light this year but supposedly it's not a serious issue, as the team does not anticipate him missing any time. Of course, that could change if the knee exam reveals a notable injury. Niese has a 4.87 ERA and 1.52 WHIP and his 15.6 percent K-rate ranks ninth worst in baseball among qualified starters.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
4 weeks ago

Niese (7-6) allowed just one run on seven hits, struck out three and walked one over 5.2 innings in a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw failed to complete six innings for the fourth time in the last five starts, and the Cardinals were able to make solid contact most of the day, but this was still easily Niese's best outing since early June. Over his last four starts, he allowed 21 runs, 33 hits and nine walks in 21.1 innings (8.86 ERA). Only one walk Monday helped him work around base runners every inning. Niese is now 7-6 with a 4.87 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 98 innings.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
1 month ago

Niese (6-6) allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks over 4.2 innings in a loss Tuesday to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Niese has given up four earned runs in each of his past four starts and watched his ERA rise from 3.93 to 5.07. He gave up a home run to Nelson Cruz, a two-run shot, that marks the 19th homer Niese has allowed in just 16 starts this season. Seven of those homers have come in Niese's past four starts, and if he can't figure out how to keep the ball in the yard quickly, his rotation spot will be in jeopardy.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
1 month ago

Niese (6-5) pitched six innings, allowing five runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Niese has unexpectedly imploded over his last three starts. From May 16 to June 7, Niese went 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA in six starts. However, in his last three outings, the southpaw has given up 17 earned runs on 24 hits -- including six homers -- while watching his ERA balloon a full point over that span. Niese will attempt to get back on track in his next start Tuesday in Seattle.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
1 month ago

Niese (6-4) allowed four runs on six hits over 5.1 innings against the Cubs on Saturday. He walked four and struck out five in the loss.

EDGE Analysis

Two of his four loses this season have come at the hands of the Cubs. They've rocked him for 10 runs on 15 hits in 10.1 innings, bloating his ERA to 4.74 with the most recent beating. The four walks issued were a season high, and he needed 99 pitches (second most in any start this year) to get through the inefficient performance. The southpaw will look to rebound when he takes the hill for his next start Thursday against the Giants, a team he held to a personal-best .157 BAA in 2015.

Jon Niese
SP PIT
2 months ago

Niese was rocked for eight runs on 11 hits and one walk across just 5.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander had a Sunday to forget, as he set season-highs in runs and hits allowed while tasting defeat for the first time in over a month. Niese had allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last six starts heading into Sunday, so his fantasy owners will hope this rough outing is just a blip on the radar and that he can regain his previous form when he faces the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday.