There's an overall sense of desperation among the media covering the Rays, and among a lot of the vocal fans (radio callers, message board posters, etc). The team seems to be keeping it together. Every interview I see they all say "we are right where we want to be" (which seems like a lie because you'd think they would want to be in first place right now). But it's kind of true actually. We sit 5.5 back of the Yankees for first, and 4 back of the Red Sox for the Wild Card. We still have 7 games left against the Sox (4 home 3 away) and 6 against the Yankees (3/3 home/road). That is enough to truly say we can make our own bed still. A win tonight and we're three out of the wild card with over 50 games left.
Normally you want to win your division, but it would appear that a wild card winner coming from the AL East will draw the AL West winner (most likely the Angels), based on our performance against the Central Division front runners I think I would rather take my chances without home field advantage against the Angels than risk facing the White Sox again, who seem to own us this year.