If Jon Niese's last four starts have indeed been auditions, then consider Tuesday his call-back. Niese will be front and center for the Cubs to see, opposing Kyle Hendricks as New York and Chicago start a three-game series at Citi Field.
Niese hasn't won since May 9, but has been more effective lately after posting a 5.67 ERA in May. That stretch of rough outings began in Chicago, where the Cubs swept a four-game set from the Mets earlier this year. Niese allowed six runs (four earned) in 6 1/3 innings in that loss. He's 0-2 but pitching to a 3.46 ERA in four June starts.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.