last time we appreciated, it appeared we were about to lose our friend nick. but, in a bit of magic, nicky beat out wassermann for the final bullpen spot. and there was, shall we say, consternation amongst the SSS faithful? of course, nick then showed more of that magic and, in parallel to the white sox season, confounded expectations. however, as soxmachine points out, reality seems to be checking back in:
Has Nick Magic run its course? He'd been sporting a high WHIP all season, and his ERA is finally starting to catch up. Over his last seven games spanning 7 2/3 innings, he's allowed 16 hits, nine runs (seven earned) and four walks, with as many wild pitches as strikeouts (two). Masset did throw two perfect innings against the Rangers when nobody else had success, and that's the only point in his favor as of late.
his ERA still appears respectable at 4.14. however, his WHIP is a lardy 1.64. ozzie's experimentation with nick in slightly higher leverage roles has been your basic disaster and has contributed to the poor numbers put up by the bullpen of late.
so, on the near one year anniversary of his demotion, what does the future hold for masset?