Jon Niese (0-1, 4.50) v. Aaron Cook (0-1, 6.75)

Well someone’s got to win tonight. For once, the Mets want it to be them. This group has dropped three straight and five of six. They’re 2-5 on the season.

Niese pitched well in his last start, but took the loss after getting just one run of support. He gave up eight hits, two walks and three runs in six innings, striking out three.

Considering Maine and Perez’s struggles, Niese isn’t being counted on to be the normal No. 5 starter expected of most rookies. Fans and management need this guy to take the bull by the horns.

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Cook was 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA in 2009. He allowed seven hits, one walk and five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings in his 2010 debut. Cook is sinker heavy (over 60 percent grounders, nearly 80 percent fastballs) and throws the occasional slider and curveball. In other words, he’s the perfect fit for a team that plays in Colorado.

Who’s hot: Jeff Francoeur is 11-for-25 (.440) with a team-high six RBIs…David Wright is 7-for-21 (.333) with two homers and has walked a team-high 10 times…

Who’s not: Gary Matthews Jr. is 2-for-15 (.133) with five strikeouts…Mike Jacobs is 2-for-15 with four strikeouts…Luis Castillo is 3-for-16 (.188)…

Bullpen bunch: Raul Valdes, Ryota Igarashi, K-Rod and Pedro Feliciano have combined for 13 scoreless innings, allowing six hits, eight walks and striking out 10.