Tampa Bay Rays Relying Heavily On Alex Cobb This Season

By Steven Smith
Alex Cobb
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Playing in the American League East is never a fun thing for any of the teams. If you’re the team at the bottom, it’s almost impossible to climb your way to the top. If you’re the team on top, you can never get the other teams separated enough to give yourself a chance to breathe. Just ask the Tampa Bay Rays.  If the AL East stays the way it is right now, which a lot of people are expecting it to, Rays fans are going to need way more than a paper bag to get through this season.

They do however, have one of the better starting rotations in the AL East. David Price is their go-to guy, but Alex Cobb throws gems. His potential was made very clear last season when he went 11-3, struck out 134 and posted a mere 2.76 ERA.

So far this year, he’s off to another lavishing start. With a scoreless seven innings thrown today against the Cincinnati Reds, he improved his season ERA to 1.89 in three starts. Facing only 24 batters in his outing, Cobb is clearly proving his maturity and patience.

Allowing no walks, he’s also making a case for his precision. Cobb isn’t really a guy who lets guys get on too much. So much to the point that he is currently leading the Rays in WHIP at just a mere 0.89. Last season, he only walked 45 batters in 143 innings. This year, it’s looking like it will be another precise season of throws as he has only walked five.

Price is the Rays’ dominating southpaw. They will need Cobb to continue to be the dominating righty he has been if they want to have any kind of success against AL East lineups.

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