The Rays have now won 7 games in a row, and own baseball's best record as of today, July 7.
They own a 5-game lead over Boston and 9 games ahead of the Yankees. Can anyone really doubt this team is for real?
They're great up the middle (Navarro, Iwamura, Bartlett and Upton), have a tremendous starting rotation and the emergence of Evan Longoria and added power from Eric Hinske and recent production from Carlos Pena gives the Rays hope that they may actually continue to win at this pace.
If the Rays can bolster the bullpen (Brian Fuentes), they've got a chance to do damage in the postseason too. That's not to diminish the bullpen though, as J.P. Howell, Grant Balfour and Dan Wheeler have been filthy this season. Throw in Percival, Al Reyes and Trever Miller and the bullpen is already better than most teams. But someone like Fuentes would really help.
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm rooting for a Tampa-Florida World Series, although the Rays clearly look to be more equipped than the Marlins.
Just amazing to me there are still folks that don't buy into this club.