Jonathan Niese

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Palladino: Replacement Arms Key For Mets, Yankees In Second Half

Good fortune certainly smiles if the kid works out. If he doesn’t, then the position goes down the tubes. If enough spots follow, then the season goes out the window.


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Mets’ Niese Knocked Around A Bit In First Start Of The Spring

Jon Niese struggled in his first spring start that was delayed by shoulder trouble, allowing four runs in two innings of the New York Mets’ 9-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.


The Mets’ David Wright connects on a fourth-inning home run, his second of the game, during a 4-3 victory over the Braves at Turner Field on June 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Wright Picks Up Ailing Niese, Homers Twice In Mets’ Win Over Braves

David Wright hit two solo homers, New York’s bullpen pitched five-plus scoreless innings and the Mets overcame an injury to starter Jonathon Niese in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.


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Coutinho: 9 Crucial Days, 9 Crucial Games For The Mets

At the end of this stretch, we will know whether this team is here to stay. Most of the baseball world thinks they will fade into the sunset. I firmly believe the Mets have other ideas.


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Coutinho: Are The Mets For Real? You Better Believe They Are

Here we are in the first full week of July and the New York Mets — you know that team that everyone just wanted to go away — are very much a playoff contender.


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Coutinho: Mets Fans, Keep It In Perspective

The Mets have bigger fish to fry than one game in the middle of the season, even if it is against a cross-town rival that their fan base vehemently dislikes.


Scott Hairston of the New York Mets celebrates his sixth inning home run against the Philadelphia Phillies with teammates Omar Quintanilla and Mike Baxter at Citi Field. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Unexpected Mets Heroes Are Pleasant Surprises

Plenty of no-name Mets are contributing to the Amazins’ unexpected rise toward becoming NL East contenders.


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Coutinho: Mets Could Be This Year’s Version Of Last Year’s D-Backs

The Mets should look very closely at the Diamondbacks when they hit the field this weekend at Citi, because in many ways the Mets may be this year’s version of the D-Backs.


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Coleman: A Nice Start For Niese

Jonathan Niese was sharp on Wednesday in Jupiter as the Mets shutout the Marlins 7-0. Niese was a little anxious to get going before his first spring start, but he delivered two solid innings, striking out 2 while walking one. Niese was pretty happy with his performance.


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Coutinho: Another Good Day For Johan Santana

For Johan Santana, it is a step-by-step process, but I must say he is progressing very nicely after yet another positive mound session.


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Coutinho: Never Count Out Mets’ Johan Santana

In all my years of covering the Mets, I do not know if I ever met anyone like Santana. He is a confident pitcher who understands his responsibility and embraces it. And nobody wants to get back on the mound more than Johan.


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Coutinho: Don’t Blame Sandy For The Exodus Of Jose Reyes

Rich Coutinho believes that Sandy Alderson did what best for the Mets’ long-term plans by not giving into Jose Reyes’ demands and looking to the future.


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Coutinho: Hale Will Be Missed, But Mets Coaching Changes Make Sense

The Mets have announced some coaching changes for 2012 and my immediate reaction is that losing Chip Hale is a big hit while adding Tim Teufel as third base coach and Ricky Bones as bullpen coach makes sense.


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Coutinho: Top 5 Questions Mets Need To Answer In Next 6 Weeks

The 2011 season has been an interesting journey for the New York Mets. So, as they play out the string down the homestretch, they need to find out some things. Here is my Top 5 list…


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Coutinho: Jose Reyes And Bullpen Will Be Top Off-Season Priorities For Mets

Two things have been readily apparent in the latest Mets slide — the bullpen needs an overhaul and Jose Reyes has been sorely missed. And, not coincidentally, those two things will be top priorities once the Mets start constructing their 2012 roster.