Mets will watch Niese closely

Jonathon Niese

Jonathon Niese

#49 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM17
  • W5

  • L4

  • BB28

  • K74

  • ERA2.96

SEATTLE -- While Jonathon Niese does not have a strict pitch count on Monday night, Terry Collins said the staff will watch him closely.

Niese's velocity has been down this season, which partially prompted the Mets to skip his final first-half start and place the southpaw on the disabled list. As a result, Niese takes the mound against the Mariners having not pitched since July 4. And that outing lasted only 12 pitches, because Niese was struck with a line drive in the lower back and was pulled.

So, in reality, Niese has only thrown a dozen pitches since June 28.

"We'll certainly keep a close eye on him," Collins said. "We're hoping that he goes 90 to 100, but we'll wait and see how he looks, how he feels as the game goes on. He says he feels great. I think we'll check in with him throughout the game, especially knowing he's not hitting and he's coming in and sitting every inning."