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Nickerson's Season a Tale of Two Halves

It has been a tale of two seasons for West Michigan starting pitcher Jonah Nickerson in 2007. The seventh-round draft pick from 2006 and former Oregon State star started the year with an average April before taking a downturn in May.

In six starts that month he compiled a 7.67 ERA, allowing 27 earned runs in 31 2/3 innings pitched. Nickerson hit his lowest point of the season on the final day of that month, as he lasted only 1 2/3 innings in a May 31 outing at Lansing, giving up 10 earned runs on eight hits and three walks. But as the month of May passed, Nickerson's problems seemed to pass with them. He allowed only one...