Jon Niese: About Last Night

By the sixth inning I was growing a bit concerned. Niese was starting to elevate his pitches, catching a lot more of the middle of the plate, and the Marlins were making solid contact. For Jon Niese and the Mets, the results were good. A strike out, a ground out, a fly out to get through the sixth, and then in the seventh, after a leadoff single by Derek Dietrich, Niese got the next three outs, punctuated by a Justin Bour strikeout. In fact, I don’t remember Bour actually swinging at any of those pitches. Maybe he was still trying to figure out exactly where home umpire Angel Hernandez’s strike zone really was. I was, so why not one of the people actually batting.

Niese pitched well last night, mixing his pitches and being particularly effective with his offspeed. With four runs in the eighth, Niese walked away with the win this time, making him 6-9 on the season, and his ERA has dropped from 3.51 on the season.

On the night, Niese pitched seven innings and allowed only four hits and one walk. The one run allowed was a hard single by Dee Gordon past a diving Wilmer Flores to plate Adeiny Hechavarria so maybe with a little bit of luck that doesn’t make it through, but it’s tough to complain. He struck out six.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Mets starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 19 19
Curveball 16 16
Cutter 21 21
Fourseam 12 12
Two-seam 32 32

Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Curveball Cutter Fourseam Two Seam
Ball 7 11 3 3 11
Called Strike 2 2 13 1 9
Swinging Strike 1 1 0 0 1
Foul 5 0 2 5 3
HBP 0 1 0 0 0
In play, no out 1 0 0 1 2
In play, out(s) 3 1 3 2 5
In play, run(s) 0 0 0 0 1

Pitches by Outcome


Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph) Mean Horizontal Mean Vertical
Changeup 80.6 83.0 85.4 9.898 7.11
Curveball 70.5 74.0 80.3 -3.243 -3.725
Cutter 83.8 86.2 87.6 1.603 6.271
Fourseam 86.5 89.2 91.3 5.330 9.194
Two-seam 86.0 88.3 90.3 11.06 4.535

Pitch Velocities & Movement

NOTE: Horizontal movement denotes average distance, in inches, from point of release to home plate (+ moves right as seen from a right-handed batter) while vertical movement is average distance, in inches, from release point to home plate.

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:


150804_NieseStancePitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150804_NiesePitchesPitch Location by Pitch Type

150804_NieseBattersPitch Location to Batter

150804_NieseCoolPitch Location by Pitch Type and Batter Stance

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