The Rays do not have a closer. Or a set-up man. Or a solid middle reliever.
The faster Joe Maddon decides who will pitch in what aspect, the faster the Rays can put a game plan in place.
Maddon is no stranger to instances such as this, but if he waits too long to decide what is going to happen, the Yankees and Sox could be out of reach.
Last year the Rays were able to win based on solid defense, good starting pitching and a solid closer.
They traded almost every one of the players who were instrumental in all this away over the offseason, but one constant remains.
Joe Maddon, who may be the best manager in the division, but could be the GOAT of the American League after this year, as well.