Roughed Up But Still Standing

Jeff Niemann showed me something last night.

I love to see a pitcher take a punch to the gut and remain standing as Niemann did Monday night against the Blue Jays by surviving a five-run second to give the Rays 6 1/3 innings.

So many times it seems that once a pitcher gets damaged, his will gets broken. Not Niemann.  He took the shot and kept getting after the Blue Jays. He now has 12 wins this season and I believe his 12th victory was his best performance to date.

–Bill Chastain

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