After earning a Wild Card spot in the 2011 MLB postseason and sweeping the New York Yankees in the opening series of the 2012 season, the Tampa Bay Rays are yet again a contender in the American League East division.
Since clearing house—axing both their manager and general manager—the Boston Red Sox have declined. Frankly, Bobby Valentine's managerial resume isn't impressive, and the Sox's pitching has many holes.
Given the opening series this season between the Yankees and Rays, combined with the struggles and questions surrounding the Red Sox, New York should be more worried about Tampa Bay this season than Boston.
And here are three reasons why: