The Phillies and Brewers are now both only 3 games back of the Cardinals for the 2nd Wild Card spot. Couple that with the Pirates (2.5 back) and the Dodgers (1 back), and the Cardinals now have 4 teams within considerable striking distance of them. Getting swept by the Padres hurts, but even more so, the cluster atop the Wild Card standings just got a little bit more crowded, perhaps even too close for comfort.

Oh, and by the way, the Cardinals head into a crucial 4-game series with the Dodgers on Thursday night.

Get your popcorn ready, this one is going down to the wire.