Those games featured three straight losses, a tumbling superstar, two grand slams surrendered (one by a pitcher) and a complete inability to produce with runners in scoring position.
When the dust settled, the Cardinals had closed a 10.5 game deficit to a more manageable (though still significant) 7.5 games with 25 left to play (24 for the Brewers).
Brewers fans—myself included—have had some irrational fears of an imminent collapse.
I get it, I really do. Having followed this team my entire life, I am conditioned to be pessimistic about them. I remember those 12 straight losing seasons, the 2007 disaster and the disappointing last couple seasons under Ken Macha.
At the same time, I consider myself a rational human being and objectively, there's no reason for panic. The Brewers' 7.5 game lead is tied for the highest of any division in the game right now.
One bad series—the first series loss since mid-July—does not change the fact that the Brewers are in great shape heading down the stretch.