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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman in action against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Seattle.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman in action against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

If you are depending only on your short-term memory, it must seem like Orioles starter Chris Tillman had a lousy month of June while his teammates were piling up the most home runs in that month in major league history.

Tillman has struggled over his past few games, allowing 14 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings in his past three starts. His ERA for the month was a dismal 5.19. But, partly because of all the offensive fireworks, he won three of his four decisions and the Orioles were 5-1 in the games he started.

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Apparently, there's something about the third month of the season, because during his difficult 2015, he delivered a similar performance with similar results. He was 4-0 with a 5.13 ERA and the Orioles won all of his June starts.

Strangely enough, the last time Tillman had a decent ERA in June -- 3.10 -- he was just 2-2 and the Orioles were 2-3 in his five starts.

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Overall, June has actually been his best month in the win-loss column. He's a combined 15-6 in that month over the course of his career, though his combined ERA (4.49) is his third-worst among the six months of the season.

You figure it out.

If it's any consolation for his past three starts, Tillman's best career month from an ERA standpoint is July (3.33) and his 10-5 career record this month represents his second-best month in terms of winning percentage.

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