BOSTON – Rosters for the ALDS are due by 10 a.m. on Friday, and Rays manager Joe Maddon is still mulling how he'll construct his roster.
“We will have to go see [general manager] Andrew [Friedman],” Maddon said Thursday afternoon. “We'll have to talk about primarily the fourth-game starter and how you're going to construct the bullpen; that will be a big thing.
“Bench, again, it's going to be different. We've been playing these [potential elimination] games for three games in a row, and now you're going back into a regular series of five. So the thought process is going to be a little different. I think the primary things would be fourth starter and then rest of the bullpen. And then determine how many pitchers you want, how many position players, etc., etc. I honestly don't have any concrete thoughts yet. We'll talk about that, like I said, later today.”
Asked if he would consider carrying three catchers, Maddon replied:
“It's possible. And again, that's ‑‑ you know, the pulling of the pitcher early, getting behind early, pinch‑hitting, those are the things you always consider. I want to believe that [starting pitchers] Matt [Moore], Alex [Cobb] and David [Price] can go deeper into the game. There's all those things to consider You definitely have to have a pretty good long guy to prevent bullpen blowups early on, although you do have the days off to help.
"So there's all these different things to consider.”