3 things the Rays need in 2024 to get deeper into the playoffs

The Rays showed resilience before bowing in the Wild Card round. In order to get deeper next season, they'll need to maintain some gains while having younger plays step up.
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3. Young players rise to the occasion

The Rays do not only have young players with high expectations on the pitching side of things. Highly-touted rookie infielders Curtis Mead and Junior Caminero both got called up late this season, largely due to the pileup of losses to the team via injury and other reasons. Both Mead and Caminero showed promise this season despite limited playing time, and one would hope that they can both build on that going into next season given how highly regarded each one of them is.

They are likely to be relied upon at some point over the course of next season and could potentially propel this lineup to being one of the best in the majors given how high their ceilings are.