Jon Niese, who left Saturday’s start against the Rangers with a rapid heartbeat, received some encouraging news earlier today.
Niese went through a battery of tests at Henry Ford Hospital — including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a treadmill stress — all of which came back normal, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. However, the 24-year-old will wear a heart monitor over the next 24 hours to check for any abnormalities.
Niese said after leaving Saturday’s game that he has experienced similar symptoms in the past. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said the condition is known as tachycardia, which in layman’s terms means a fast or irregular heart rate. Naturally, the Mets won’t confirm Niese’s availability for his next start until the heart monitor is examined by doctors.
Niese is 7-6 with a 3.67 ERA and 79/32 K/BB ratio through his first 16 starts this season. He has a 2.36 ERA over his last eight starts.
Entering Thursday’s NLCS Game 5, Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez had never hit a home run nor even driven in a run in the playoffs in his four-year career. He had homered twice in a regular season game just twice and his career-high for RBI in a game was four.
Hernandez hit three home runs and knocked in seven runs to help power the Dodgers past the Cubs 11-1 to win the National League pennant and punch their ticket to the World Series. His first homer was a solo homer to center field in the second inning off of starter Jose Quintana. He blasted a grand slam to right field off of Hector Rondon in the fourth, then tacked on a two-run blast in the ninth inning off of Mike Montgomery to make it 11-1.
Hernandez is the 10th player to hit three home runs in a postseason game. Jose Altuve, of course, did it two weeks ago in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox. Before Altuve, Pablo Sandoval (2012), Albert Pujols (2011), and Adrian Beltre (2011) were the last players to accomplish the feat.
Hernandez’s seven RBI set a new National League record for a postseason game. Only four other players — Troy O’Leary, John Valentin, Mo Vaughn, and Edgar Martinez — accomplished the feat.
No one has hit three home runs and knocked in seven-plus in a game… until Hernandez. He certainly picked a good time to break out.