Niese is on a bad run with 29 hits and 15 earned runs allowed in his last three starts. They’ve been tough matchups against the Cubs and at Colorado and Arizona. But he strikes out too few and walks too many to do much damage even in better matchups. He’ll go again on Monday in Cincinnati.
Rizzo is just on cruise control. More walks than strikeouts, .352 ISO, .416 wOBA, and he is not even getting the normal knocks to fall with a .206 BABIP. He’ll face Juan Nicasio on Wednesday against whom he is 0-for-7 lifetime, but ignore that.