That’s right, Fernando Nieve (aka snow in Spanish), has been as shocking as snow in summer. No one would have predicted what this man has brought to this team.
Everyone is expecting, waiting for him to stink it up, but he’s obviously on a different page.
After his first stellar start, he bought himself another start, even though Mets would have let him pitch again given the injuries. His second start? Better than the first, thus buying himself another day in the majors. Third start? This is becoming consistent, a breeze, a breathe of fresh snowy air. Wait, did we use the word consistent when referring to Mets pitching? That’s right.
His competition? Top notch. Three unexpectedly amazing performances against the big bad Yankees, the World Series losers Tampa Bay Rays, and the first place St Louis Cardinals.
Defying all odds Fernando Nieve is pitching his way into the rotation. How many starts is it going to take for him to finally make a dent into the rotation and for people to take this guy seriously? I say another two stellar starts and this guy is in at the very least for the short term. He is in the process of earning a spot even when John Maine and Oliver Perez return.
Jerry Manuel is doing the right thing, and that is to continue riding the hot hand as he should. It’s what’s best for this team.
“I don’t think I do,” Manuel said when asked how he could take Nieve out of the rotation after his performance against the Cards. “I think he has to keep pitching for us. He just threw six shutout innings.”
The Mets picked Nieve up off the waiver wire in March. He says his problem was he was thinking too much, worrying too much about holding down a rotation spot. I guess this is what he can do when he’s not stressing over that stuff.
Don’t think Fernando, just pitch baby, pitch!