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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Let’s look back at the biggest storylines and narratives for the pro sports teams in the Valley.5. D-backs’ skid follows record startRelated LinksD-backs lineup construction is like numbers floating over Lovullo’s headESPN’s Elhassan leans toward Doncic, doubts Ayton is generational talentCBS Sports sets over/under at five starts for Cardinals’ Rosen in 2018Entering the month with a 20-8 record, the Diamondbacks floundered behind empty offensive performances for much of May.Arizona went 8-19 to sit a game above .500 for the season heading into June, and the frustrations have spanned more beyond the batter’s box.Injuries to outfielders A.J. Pollock (thumb) in the middle of the month and Steven Souza Jr. (pectoral) a week later hurt. Starting pitcher Robbie Ray was already placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 30, leaving Arizona down two starters after Taijuan Walker’s season ended with a UCL injury in mid-April, and finding Ray’s replacement, Clay Buchholz, hasn’t been easy.Paul Goldschmidt’s season-long slump might have been broken up lately, yet he’s still slashing just .209/.326/.393 for the year.The highlight of the month? Maybe Souza Jr. getting into it with the Dodgers in an 8-5, 12-inning victory.4. Cardinals finally acquire a No. 2 cornerback2017: Tramon Williams.2016: Marcus Cooper2015: Jerraud Powers2014: Antonio Cromartie Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton poses for a portrait before the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) May doesn’t usually go like this around these parts.The Phoenix Suns have never had a super favorable NBA Draft Lottery result until 2018. Their MLB counterparts, the Arizona Diamondbacks, tumbled despite entering the month on a tear.The Arizona Cardinals haven’t drafted a franchise quarterback and let him run the first-team offense with such promise since … alright, you get it.A lot happened in May. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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