Sometimes, an Opening Day starter makes himself an obvious choice. Other times, you have to see where Spring Training takes you. For Jon Niese, he made a compelling argument last season that he should get the nod for 2014.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, New York Mets Manager Terry Collins has referred to Niese as the ‘ace’ of his staff, and despite GM Sandy Alderson acquiring longtime veteran Bartolo Colon in the off season, Collins is nearing a decision starting Niese.
Jonathon Niese, who has spent all six years of his career in the Mets organization, went 8-8 with a 3.71 ERA over 24 starts. He was the Opening Day starter in 2013, as Johan Santana was out with an injury. His season was slowed by a left leg injury, but pitched much better in the second half of the season, going 5-2 with an even 3.00 ERA.
The other option for the Opening Day game is Dillon Gee. Gee has four years of Major League experience, and, like Niese, has spent all of it with New York. Gee, a righty, made 32 starts last season, going 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA over 199 innings.
The New York Mets open the season on March 31st against the Washington Nationals.
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