The Mets don’t have an organizational policy on innings limits for young pitchers, instead preferring to take each situation on a case-by-case basis.
In the case of Jon Niese, the rookie left-hander will get extra rest down the stretch."
NY has already announced that they will push the left-hander back, from his regularly scheduled start on Saturday, to Sunday afternoon vs. the Phillies. While the rookie had been one of NY most consistent starters this season, he has struggled of late. Niese has allowed 20 runs (15 earned) over his last 3 starts (1-2) to the tune of a 8.28 ERA and according to Rubin, he has welcomed the idea of getting some extra rest:
Absolutely, the last time I pitched in September was 2008. Last year, obviously, I didn’t get past August because of my hamstring [injury]. It’s kind of new for me right now. The rest is kind of good. That way I can kind of get acclimated.”
The 23 year old left hander has thrown 154 1/3 innings this season amassing a 9-7 record, with a 3.85 ERA.
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