According to the usually very reliable Brian Costa at the Star Ledger, yesterday’s performance apparently has put Jonathon Niese in the lead for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Our fearless leader was quoted by Brian as saying â€œJonathon Niese has been pretty impressive.” He â€œmight fit better for us as we speak here today. That means that could change, but as we look here today, I would say itâ€™s still open, but he would have somewhat of the inside track.â€
It says here that this should be welcome news. The pen will now probably be KRod, Nieve, Parnell, Feliciano, Igarashi, Calero, and Takahashi.
This pen, while far from guaranteed to be a big success, is loaded with potential and versatility. Righties and lefties, lots of hard-throwers, and two guys who can go long stints or step in if Niese falters. And the very best ramification of this is that it probably means that Figueroa and Misch–and possibly Green–are now all slated for Buffalo, Tokyo, or maybe even somewhere further from a pitching mound surrounded by real major league Mets.
The good news continues. As Willy Wonka once said, “I hope it lasts.”