Niese improved to 4-4 on the season with a 2.78 ERA.
"His line should have been a lot better than it was, because a few plays defensively we should have made," David Wright said after the game. "He was excellent. Every time he takes the ball you think he is going to go nine innings."
After an injury-plagued Spring Training and just a year removed from a potentially devastating rotator cuff injury, expectations were low for Niese, both in terms of performance and durability. However, he has excelled in both of these regards, despite – or perhaps because of – a drop in his fastball velocity of over a full mile per hour >> Read more of this opinion, which originally ran June 17.