Thunder Crash

The Trenton Thunder are 3-10 in the month of May and are a team in search of direction. In fact, they are looking for an identity more than anything else. The Thunder have lost their last seven games, including a five game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Waterfront Park.

This team just looks lost right now in every aspect of their game. The fact that the team scored three runs on seven hits in the final game of the series against the Fisher Cats was seen by many as an offensive explosion, given the anemic offense that has plagued this club throughout the month of May. The Thunder have gone from first place in the Eastern League's Northern Division to a game and a half ahead of Portland in the race for the cellar.

Robinson Cano, rated by Baseball America as the sixth best prospect in the Yankees organization, has been by far one of the worst players during this slump. Cano is 1-for-12 at the plate in his last four games and when he did reach base, he was picked off second in a play of sheer idiocy. His effort in the field has been just as stellar. The day after manager Stump Merrill handed his team their heads on platters after dropping back to back doubleheaders to the Fisher Cats, Cano failed to dive for a ball up the middle that would have helped stem a New Hampshire rally.

But there is more than enough blame to go around. Against New Hampshire, the Thunder were hitting 4-for-31, or .129, with runners in scoring position. Even worse is the fact that two of those four hits didn't result in the Thunder scoring any runs. They also are averaging 2.1 runs per game over the seven game losing streak. Coming into their weekend series against Bowie, the Thunder haven't led for a whole inning in the last 54 innings they have played. The pitching staff has contributed to the misery as well with a 6.75 ERA during the month of May.

The team really didn't seem to respond or show any life at all after manager Stump Merrill's profanity laden tirade on Wednesday night. The team hasn't really show any indication that they are willing to play hard and that fact doesn't inspire confidence that they will come out of their funk any time soon. If this team doesn't find its identity and a clubhouse leader soon, it is going to be a long season in Trenton and the only thing they will be competing for is the cellar. The Thunder find themselves on life support and in need of something that will motivate them to achieve the potential they have.

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