Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright limited the Brewers to one run in a complete game effort on Sunday afternoon, sending them to their 14th loss in their last 17 games. By winning percentage, the Brewers are in third place in the NL Central, five games behind the Cardinals. It’s the first time the Brewers haven’t been in first or second place since April 2. They’re also tied with the Braves, a half-game out of the second Wild Card slot. A closed-door meeting was called after today’s loss, per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.
The Brewers were up as many as 6.5 games in the NL Central as recently as July 1, but they’ve been resigned to mediocrity in the second half. Since the All-Star break, the Brewers rank 14th among all major league teams in OPS (.702), 18th in starting pitching ERA (3.79), and 19th in bullpen ERA (3.76).
Over their last 17 games, the Cardinals and Pirates are both 10-7, picking up seven games on the Brewers in the process. The Brewers still have opportunities to make up ground fast. On September 16, they will head on a nine-game road trip that will take them through both St. Louis and Pittsburgh as well as Cincinnati.