Jonathan Niese struck out 10 over six scoreless innings in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals. He gave up just six hits and one walk in a start that followed Johan Santana’s no-hitter and R.A. Dickey’s shutout. He improved to 4-2 with the win, and he’ll take his 4.11 ERA into his next start against the Yankees in the Bronx. Niese was removed as a precaution after experiencing an elevated heart rate during a game for the second time in the last year.
When Niese is on, he is really on. The key for him, like most pitchers, is his ability to throw strikes consistently. If Niese can find that consistency the Mets may actually have a legitimate rotation with Santana, Dickey, and Gee. But, proceed with caution with Niese because the body of work still tells me that a blow up is right around the corner.
In other fantasy news….
- Felix Hernandez is a question mark for his next start due to a sore back. He’ll throw a bullpen session Monday before the Mariners determine if he can throw in Week 10. In weekly lineup formats, it would be best to start someone else.
- Carlos Lee was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left hamstring strain, an injury that he suffered Friday while running out of the batter’s box on a double play ball. Brett Wallace was recalled to take Lee’s roster spot.
- Adam Jones is still feeling discomfort in his right wrist and will have an MRI today.
- Drew Stubbs got his 12th stolen base on Sunday. Stubbs is a good source of speed, but remains so streaky and kills fantasy owners with his low batting average.
- James McDonald gave Pittsburgh a strong start, going six while striking out eight and giving up three runs with just one earned. McDonald has always had a great arm and he appears to have finally figure this out. He is just 27-years old and I think you have to buy into him at this point.
- Brian McCann didn’t play Sunday after getting hit by a pitch off his knee Saturday, but he should be back in there Tuesday.
- Huston Street (lat) made a second rehab appearance Sunday and appears set to return from the DL Tuesday. Dale Thayer did a nice job filling in for Street, but he will go back to a setup role
- Aramis Ramirez (quad) and Ryan Braun (Achilles) both sat out of Sunday’s game after straining his left quad Saturday. As for Ramirez, the Brewers are saying it’s serious, but we have heard that alot this season about other players that ended up on disabled list. Braun did not start for the second day in a row.