Given that the Reds swept the Cubs, I don't really care who wins the Cards-Pirates series. No matter what, it means we've gained two-and-a-half games over the past three nights. If we can beat the Brew Crew, it automatically rises to 3.5 games.
If the result of their series means we overtake the Cards for second place, then great. If it means that we stay in third but move closer to first, then that's great too.
And same applies, though to a lesser degree this weekend when the Bucs and Diamondbacks play. If we can keep winning, then we're guaranteed to move closer to first place or, as a consolation, improve our odds for one of the two wild card spots.