The Diamondbacks were not themselves in May, both figuratively and literally, and it hurt.
While May was the D-backs breakthrough month a year ago, injuries and uncharacteristic struggles at Chase Field kept them from making much of a push in the NL West this time around.
Chris Young and Daniel Hudson missed a little more than half of the month after going on the disabled list within a day of each other in mid-April. Both were missed, and the loss of Young was especially critical for an offense that had trouble scoring runs.
The D-backs, who also lost catcher Miguel Montero with a groin injury for a week and still await the return of shortstop Stephen Drew, scored two or fewer runs in 12 of their 26 games in May, winning only one of those. They scored as many as six runs only six times, and two of those came in losses.
In an odd turnaround from 2011, the D-backs also had trouble at Chase Field, where they were 4-8 last month, winning only one of four series. Their home-series l...