Jon Niese SP PIT 3 hours ago

Niese (3-1) took the loss after getting hammered by the Cubs on Tuesday. He allowed six runs, nine hits and five walks while striking out three over five innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His 3-1 record is deceiving considering Niese sports a 5.94 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. He's allowed 29 hits and nine walks in his last 15.1 innings. Outside of his moderate groundball rate, practically every peripheral would suggest the lefty's record will even out in the near future (beginning with Tuesday's shellacking).

Jon Niese SP PIT 6 days ago

Niese was tagged for 10 hits and two walks in just five innings of work Wednesday against the Rockies, but received no decision despite allowing five runs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A trip to Colorado's rarely fun for the pitchers, and Niese is no exception. He actually left with a lead thanks to the even greater ineffectiveness of opposing starter Jon Gray, but the bullpen blew it and sent the game to extra innings. A career Met before this season, Niese owns a 3-0 record so far as a Pirate, but his 5.08 ERA and 1.48 WHIP put the lie to that figure. It's hard to trust him in fantasy, especially with the Cubs' well-stocked lineup on the docket for Monday.

Jon Niese SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Niese (3-0) allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two over 5.1 innings

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite having a fairly ineffective outing, the offense gave Niese just enough run support to keep him undefeated so far this season. He's only come up with one quality start over his four outings this season, and he now has a 4.24 ERA along with a 1.29 WHIP. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Rockies.

Jon Niese SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Niese (2-0) allowed no runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three over seven innings, and earned the win Saturday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Pirates offense struggled early before scoring three runs in the fourth inning, which was more than enough for Niese as he kept the Brewers' bats silent. In addition to posting his second victory in a row, he's now struck out 15 hitters over 17 innings of work this season. He'll make his next start Friday at the Diamondbacks.

Jon Niese SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Niese won his first game as a Pirate, despite allowing four runs - three earned - in six innings against the Tigers Monday afternoon. He struck out five in the outing.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Niese has allowed nine runs in his 11 innings in 2016, he has showed pinpoint control, walking just two batters compared to 12 strikeouts. The lefty's career-best strikeouts per nine innings came way back in 2011 when he fanned 7.9 batters per nine. His strikeout rate may come back down to earth as soon as Saturday's start against the Brewers.

Jon Niese SP PIT 1 month ago

Niese took a no-decision Tuesday against the Cardinals as he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out seven.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Niese was nasty at times, as he induced 10 swinging strikes in just 81 pitches. But when he missed, the Cardinals hit him hard, as three of the five hits he allowed went for extra bases, including a Jedd Gyorko two-run home run. Niese has allowed 20 home runs in a season three times in his career despite never once reaching the 200-inning mark.

Jon Niese SP PIT 1 month ago

Niese allowed four earned runs in six innings Thursday, allowing six hits (including two homers) and one walk while striking out two.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The outing was only his third of the Grapefruit League season, as one of his scheduled starts was rained out. The six-inning outing Thursday was one inning more than his first two games, combined. Niese will look to improve upon last year's career-low 5.76 K/9 mark while keeping his career-best 54.5 GB percentage.

Jon Niese SP PIT 1 month ago

Pirates GM Neal Huntington confirmed Monday that Niese will open the season in Pittsburgh's starting rotation, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Niese has allowed eight earned runs in five Grapefruit League innings. The lefty will likely slot third or fourth in the rotation, though he's likely the third starter right now. Niese spent the previous eight seasons with the Mets, it wouldn't be surprising to see him get off to a good start while trying to impress a new organization, even though his two spring starts have been disappointing.

Jon Niese SP PIT 5 months ago

Niese was traded to the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for Neil Walker, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Trade talks between the two sides had been heating up for much of Wednesday and the deal has now been agreed upon pending medical reviews. The 29-year-old Niese put together a 4.13 ERA with 113 strikeouts and 55 walks over 29 starts last season with the Mets, but it was becoming increasingly clear that the organization did not plan to have him as a fixture in the rotation much longer due to the club's wealth of young pitching talent. Niese figures to compete for a spot in the middle or back end of the Pirates' rotation in 2016.

Jon Niese SP PIT 7 months ago

Niese may miss a game during the NLCS against the Cubs due to a death in the family, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Niese was only needed once in the divisional series win against the Dodgers, but the Mets could be short-handed in the relief corps at some point in the upcoming series. In two starts against the Cubs this season, he lost both, yielding seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and five walks, while striking out seven in 13.1 innings.