Now that the 2011 season is over, we have taken a look at the overall breakdowns of the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen last season. Now we will be taking a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) and giving you a look at their 2011 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2012. Today we will look at starter Jonathon Niese.
2011 Player Review: Jonathon Niese
2011 Stats: 26 Starts, 157.1 Innings Pitched, 11-11, 4.40 ERA, 1.41 WHIP (178 Hits/44 BB's), 138 Strikeouts
2011 Story: Following his breakout 2010 campaign, Jon Niese entered 2011 with a chance to establish himself as a fixture in the Mets rotation for years to come. Niese's 2011 season, however, was inconsistent. Niese started off very slowly, compiling a 1-4 record in his first seven starts with an ERA approaching five. Niese did manage to improve, as he lowered his ERA below three for a large portion of the season. Niese managed to get above ten wins and showed flashes of his 2010 form throughout the season, but ultimately his 2011 season was an incomplete book. Niese's year ended in August as he hit the disabled list with a strained muscle under his rib cage.
Contract Status: Under Club Control (Arbitration Eligible after 2012 season)
Odds of Returning: 100 Percent
2012 Role: Number Three Starter
While Niese did have a shaky 2011 season, he is a young and talented left hander and those aren't easy to come by. Niese also dealt with a ton of pressure in having to step up as the number two starter behind Mike Pelfrey this season, so the return of Johan Santana should slide him down a notch into the more comfortable position of number three in the rotation. 2012 will be a big indicator for what direction Niese's career will head in, and he will have the opportunity to find out in Citi Field.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's player review of Angel Pagan!
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