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NL Notes: Diamondbacks surge

News and notes from around the National League.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

What a run for the Diamondbacks. Following Monday’s 13-0 victory over the slumping Dodgers, Arizona is now riding an eleven-game winning streak.

The Diamondbacks (80-58) were led on Monday by J.D. Martinez, who managed to blast 4 home runs in the victory. It’s the second such occurrence in the bigs this season (Scooter Gennett mashed four dingers for the Reds earlier in the summer), and the first time since 1954 that each homer was off a different pitcher.

The Dodgers will win the NL West —there’s very little question about that. However, L.A. is certainly looking over their shoulder at the D-Backs, who have had the Dodgers’ number as of late.

Here’s what else is happening around the National League:

Ever here of a two-team feud over called games and rescheduled game times? Look no further than the NL Central, where the Cubs and Brewers are engaged in what many consider to be a pointless skirmish, as the two teams jockey for a postseason spot.

The Mets squared off with the Astros this weekend, in the first series at Minute Maid Park since Hurricane Harvey. During an on-air report given by SNY’s Steve Gelbs, a foul ball was hit directly at Gelbs, who calmly fielded the ball off a bounce, while continuing to speak. Check out the link above.

Jake Arrieta suffered what appears to be a hamstring injury during his Monday start against the Pirates. Arrieta posted a 1.21 ERA in the month of August, by far the best in baseball. If Arrieta is headed to the DL, that would mean that every Cubs starter has spent at least some time on the disabled list this season.

In what can only be categorized as “classic Mets,” Wilmer Flores managed to foul a ball off his own face during the nightcap of Saturday’s double-header against the Astros. Flores put his hands to his face, clearly in obvious pain, and was promptly removed from the game. Flores avoided serious injury, and could play Tuesday if cleared by the Mets’ ever-busy medical staff.