Facing New York’s co-ace Jacob deGrom, the Arizona offense continued to struggle, striking out 16 times in Friday’s series opener.
Jake Lamb returned to action Friday night, looking to give Arizona’s struggling offense a boost from the heart of the order. Although he went 1-for-4 with the team’s sole RBI, he also accounted for three of the team’s 16 strikeouts on the night. In his defense he didn’t leave any runners on base, as the rest of the team had trouble getting on as well.
Having only recently returned to action, Steven Souza only managed 42 at-bats for the snakes before something went wrong during Friday night’s game. The slugging right fielder exited the game in the sixth inning after reporting pain in his previously injured right shoulder. Souza will undergo an MRI on the shoulder today with the heavy expectation that he will be headed back to the DL.
The NFL, NHL, and NBA seasons are all officially over in the valley, but the Diamondbacks recent struggles, going only 5-11 so far in the month of May, has made it difficult for the only actively playing franchise to hold the valley’s attention with the Cardinals lucking into drafting Josh Rosen and winning the first overall pick in the NBA draft lottery.
Although A.J. Pollock was on an MVP pace when he rolled his wrist and fractured his thumb on a diving catch attempt, the loss of the all-star center fielder is only another contributor to a much larger problem plaguing Arizona.
Now that the arbitration hearings are over, the Diamondbacks are free to begin looking for a new home, but will they?