Although recent history shows that the Tampa Bay Rays have a revolving door of big-league pitchers, MLB‘s most underrated franchise is in trouble if Alex Cobb misses multiple starts. Prior to getting whacked in the head by a line drive on Saturday, Cobb was by far Tampa Bay’s best starter, but the injury could force him to the 15-day or 60-day disabled list.
If sent to the DL, Cobb would join fellow Rays starter David Price, who has been out of action since May 15th. Cobb’s good 2013 campaign has been able to mask Price’s struggles as the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has just one win and a 5.24 ERA in nine starts.
Aside from Cobb, the Rays’ starters have been abysmal.
Matt Moore was supposed to be a breakout guy this season, yet his eight wins are a misleading statistic considering his 4.12 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. While Moore has the tools to turn it around, his load will be heavier if indeed Cobb misses a large chunk of time.
Alex Colome has just one MLB start on his resume, but the 24-year old has the ability to follow in the footsteps of Cobb, Moore and Price alike. Colome’s lone start came on May 30th against the Miami Marlins of this season where he pitched 5.2 scoreless innings and fanned seven batters en route to capturing the win. Of course, Cobb should take as much time as he needs to recuperate from the viscous hit, but his presence will be missed by the entire Rays roster.