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You've Been Thunderstruck: June 2018 Recap 
Posted on September 11, 2018 at 11:57 AM.
June Recap: Mixed Bag of a Month Confuses Fans


The Thunder spent a chunk of June atop the division and they briefly held the best record in the league. When the club lost 11 of its last 13 games of the month, though, fans were dumbfounded. An eight game losing streak was the low-light of the month and now the Thunder find themselves 45-36, tied for second and two gams back of the division leading Fisher Cats.

The pitching is still great. Led by a league-best bullpen, the pitching staff is leads the league in ERA. Cody Carroll and Jordan Foley have sub-1 ERAs. Garrett Mundellís is 1.05 and Cale Coshowís is 1.69. Joe Harvey (1.17) is still solid and lefty Jake Fisher (1.82) has been good, too.

The rotation seems to be the problem. Only two starters (Adonis Rosa and Josh Rogers) have sub-3.5 ERAs. Brody Koernerís ERA is an unsightly 8.42. Nick Nelsonís is 5.70 while ďaceĒ Albert Abreuís is still high at 5.47.

The offense isnít good enough to compensate; theyíre just sixth in RS. Avelino (.288) and Estrada (.315) have been good. Ryan McBroom (.261, 11HR) and Chris Gittens (.267, 11 HR) are decent power bats. But Donny Sands keeps struggling and Florial canít put it together. Rashad Crawford took a starting spot in the OF after solid play off the bench. Jhalan Jackson might be coming around (.272 average on June after a slow start.) And Gosuke Katoh has kept his average at a solid .271.

The division is still within reach and thereís plenty of baseball left to play. But fans should definitely be worried about the Thunderís prospects this year.
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