Niese Ready to Step into Role of No. 1 If Mets Need Him

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Niese Ready to Step into Role of No. 1 If Mets Need Him
Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

There aren't many times -- even in Spring Training -- when squaring off against Tigers ace Justin Verlander in back-to-back outings over a 10-day span would be considered a positive experience for an opposing starter. Yet that's exactly what it was for Mets starter Jon Niese.

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