PHILADELPHIA -- Jonathon Niese has drawn the toughest weather assignments on the Mets this season. He limited the St. Louis Cardinals to one run in 6 2/3 innings last Thursday, despite wind blowing at more than 30 mph. Then, Tuesday night, amid the cold and rain at Citizens Bank Park, Niese limited the Philadelphia Phillies to one run in seven innings as the Mets won, 6-1.
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The Mets won their 15th game -- their most in April since 2007.
"It's amazing. He's done a tremendous job the way he's handled this inclement weather -- not just the cold, but the wet and the soft mounds," Terry Collins said. "I'll tell you what: He went out and pitched another great game. This has got to be three or four games this year, besides last year's games, where the conditions are really, really tough. When you see the likes of [Cole] Hamels and Michael Wacha last week [struggling in the elements], and Jon just keeps cruising along, you've got to be pretty impressed with the way he's gone about it."
Said Niese: "It was another cold one. It seems like the more I pitch in cold weather, the more I figure out how to stay warm. It wasn't as bad as last time. I thought the wind was going to be a lot worse than it was. And it wasn't that bad. It rained a little bit and was cold. But I was in the dugout trying to stay warm and I was able to."