Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at starting pitcher Jonathon Niese.
2013 Stats: 24 Starts, 143.0 Innings Pitched, 8-8, 3.71 ERA, 105 K's, 1.44 WHIP, 1 CG Shutout
2013 Story: Jonathon Niese was forced to assume the role of staff ace in 2013 after the loss of Johan Santana for the season in spring training. Niese pitched well on Opening Day, but in spite of a good start he was supplanted by Matt Harvey's emergence. Niese struggled in May, but righted the ship before his season took another negative turn. Niese was forced to the disabled list in late June with a partially torn rotator cuff, an injury that was expected to knock Niese out for the remainder of the season.
Niese, however, opted to try and rehab his shoulder instead of going for surgery. Niese's shoulder responded to rehab, and he was activated from the DL in August. Niese had a strong finish to his campaign, evening out his record at 8-8 and lowering his ERA to 3.71, his lowest mark since April.
2013 Grade: B-. Niese's season was disappointing given the expectations on him pre-season, but he gets points for nicely recovering from injury.
Contract Status: Signed Thru 2016
Odds of Returning: 100%
2014 Role: Ace
With Matt Harvey out for the 2014 season, Niese will again be expected to assume the role of staff ace. The Mets desperately need a complete season out of Niese, who has injury problems in two of his past three years. If the Mets hope to surprise the world and contend next season, Niese will need to have a strong season to hel the cause.
Check back tomorrow as Mets 101's Player Review Series looks at second baseman Daniel Murphy!
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