Milwaukee still owns first with the 26-15 record. The Pirates hang back at 18-22.
A losing record is like a negative bank account. It's like debt. Every game, the team can pay down say $10K in debt or they can charge another $10K to their account. There is no breaking even. Had they lost yesterday, they would be six games under today. But they won. So they are four games under. This means they must lose two to be where they would be had they lost one yesterday.
There is a psychology to getting out of debt. I enjoyed this film linked from the Consumerist blog. And I wonder if the Pirates should have some kind of graph or chart in their little moleskin notebooks.
This is a corny idea, sure, but the old respect for the present moment is one of the things that the team needs to get out of the red and into the black.