After the announcement that Jon Niese would move to the bullpen for the last six games of the regular season to get some work as a reliever, the lefty was asked how he was handling his anticipated move.
"It's just one of those things where I want to do anything to help the team. There's a need [in the bullpen]."
This year, Niese is 9-10 with a 4.16 ERA and a FIP of 4.45. Though he tossed six scoreless innings in his last start against the Atlanta Braves last week, he allowed three or more earned runs in five of his last nine starts, dating back to August 1. Over that stretch he has an ERA of 5.40.
Niese's rotation spot will likely be taken by Steven Matz, who is 4-0 on the year with an ERA of 2.27 and a FIP of 3.62.