The Pirates are three games under and eight back of the Brewers. They've lost seven of their last ten.
They have Gorzelanny tonight, a getaway game at Wrigley, and then a ten-game homestand with the Braves, the Marlins, and the D'backs. If they can split the remaining two games, I imagine they could see .500 again before the end of the month.
Looking ahead, too, I'd circle the series with the D'backs. They have a younger team with nine rookies. And they have a winning record.
In the meantime, it's two more with the hated Cubs.