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53 Alex Cobb SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/205 | Birthdate: 10/7/1987 | Birthplace: Boston, MA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 95/78 | Average Draft Position: 90.41
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Rays' Alex Cobb could start throwing program this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated that Alex Cobb could start a throwing program as early as this weekend, according to the Tampa Tribune.

"Possibly," Cash said. "I wouldn't count on that for sure."

Cobb, who is not expected to be ready for the start of the season due to forearm tendinitis, was evaluated by doctors on Tuesday and said that everything checked out OK.

"I think it was pretty standard, but I think we're all excited about the progress," Cash said. "So a couple of more days and kind of see where we're at."


Chris Archer replaces Alex Cobb as Rays' Opening Day starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash named Chris Archer his Opening Day starter on April 6 against the Orioles at Tropicana Field, per Tampa Tribune.

Archer will be replacing the injured Alex Cobb, who is not expected to be ready for the start of the season due to forearm tendinitis. Cash revealed that he's not ready to publicly announce the next two starters in his rotation.

Archer, 26, went 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and 173:72 K:BB ratio over 32 starts (194 2/3 innings). This will be his first career Opening Day start in the majors. Archer, who has made an Opening Day start at Triple-A in 2013, has downplayed his assigned role, per MLB.com.

"Maybe that's why I wouldn't treat it differently. Because it's just a baseball game. it's the first one of the year, but the first one's no more or less important than the last one," Archer said.


Rays SP Alex Cobb (forearm) should start throwing program soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb said Wednesday the pain in his forearm is "pretty much gone," per the Tampa Bay Times

"I can't even make it hurt," said Cobb, who added he expects to start throwing in the next few days.


Rays SP Alex Cobb says he is close to being pain-free


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis) said he is close to being pain-free, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He is scheduled for a follow-up appointment with the doctor on Tuesday.

Rays lining up rotation with Archer, Odorizzi and Karns to pitch Saturday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that starters Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns all will pitch in the team's game Saturday, a sign that they are lining up their starting rotation for Opening Day, per MLB.com.

The team's Nos. 1 and 3 starters - Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly - will start the season on the disabled list, leaving Archer as the potential Opening Day starter. 

"Everything goes into lining up the rotation now," Cash said. "We're all trying to accommodate them as much as possible, because a lot of moving parts and stuff like that. I don't think anything is set in stone."


Rays plan to stretch out Montgomery in case he's needed in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) With Alex Cobb not ready for Opening Day, Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that he's on the fence between using Mike Montgomery as a starter or a reliever, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Everett Teaford will start Sunday's Grapefruit League game in place of Cobb, and Montgomery will follow and pitch multiple innings. Cash revealed that Montgomery will be stretched out this spring in case he's needed in the rotation for a few spot starts.


Rays shut down Alex Cobb (forearm) for approximately seven days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Rays general manager Matthew Silverman confirmed that Alex Cobb will be shut down for approximately a week because of tendinitis in his right forearm, and is no longer the starter for Tampa Bay on Opening Day, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Cobb left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with the injury after tossing three perfect innings. He will be evaluated again after at least seven days of rest, and is not expected back in games until April at the earliest per the Tampa Tribune.

Silverman would not reveal his Opening Day plans, citing that he's more focused on putting a staff together, internally and externally. Manager Kevin Cash told reporters that there's a lot of moving pieces in the rotation, but he likes what he's seen out of Nathan Karns, Burch Smith and Matt Andriese this spring, per the Tribune.


Alex Cobb (tendinitis) no longer Opening Day starter for Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) The Rays confirmed that pitcher Alex Cobb has tendinitis in his right arm, and is no longer expected to make an Opening Day start, according to the team's official website on Wednesday.

Cobb departed Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with forearm tightness, and was further evaluated before he was diagnosed with tendinitis. Manager Kevin Cash told reporters that he will need at least four-to-seven days of rest before he is evaluated again, per the Tampa Bay Times.


Rays' Alex Cobb diagnosed with tendinitis in arm, could miss time


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his arm following his start Tuesday, reports The Tampa Bay Times.

Cobb left the game with tightness in his right forearm and went for an MRI. Cobb is likely to miss a few games, including possibly Opening Day.

"If it was something I was really concerned of, I probably wouldn't have thrown today at all," Cobb said. "This was something I knew about."

Pitching coach Jim Hickey feels it was mostly a precautionary move to take Cobb out Tuesday.

"At this point, any starter coming out of the game with forearm tightness is not good, so this is certainly not good," Hickey said. "But I really thought it was more precautionary than anything else on his part, which is also good because he can be stubborn and want to just go through it."


Rays SP Alex Cobb exits spring start with forearm tightness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb turned in three perfect innings but was forced out of Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against Philadelphia with right forearm tightness, according to the Tampa Tribune.

"Felt like I got my work in pretty good," Cobb said, per MLB.com. "I know I didn't get my pitch count up, but I was only going four regardless. So I just thought it would be best, precautionary, to kind of shut it down after three."

Cobb struck out three and did not issue a walk in his outing. Mike Montgomery took over for him to start the fourth inning. He told reporters his forearm was tight before the game, and told pitching coach Jim Hickey he was done after three frames. He added that he'll know more on how his forearm feels the next day when the Rays further evaluate his injury. The right-hander has a 3.68 ERA this spring.


Rays manager Kevin Cash tabs Alex Cobb as opening day starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced Wednesday starting pitcher Alex Cobb will start the season opener on April 6 against Baltimore.

"There's a lot of things on your short list of career highlights that you can say you've done," Cobb said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Obvioiusly, with being in the World Series and winning the World Series being at the top. Being an opening day starter falls somewhat shorter than that, but it's right up on that list."

Cash also announced Cobb will be followed in the rotation by Chris Archer, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi. The team will choose a fifth starter this spring.

"He was extremely excited," Cash said of Cobb. "I kind of expected him to say, 'Yeah, OK, whatever,' but he was pumped. And you look back and you're like, 'Man, he's had some good pitchers here that maybe he's had to wait in turn for (James) Shields and (David) Price and those guys. I think he looks at it as being an honor, because there have been some good ones here in the past that have done it."


Rays reach settlements with six remain arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays have reached settlements with the six remaining players on one-year deals, reports the Tampa Bay Times on Friday.

Alex Cobb is due to make $4 million, while Jake McGee will make $3.55 million. John Jaso will make $3.175 million, Rene Rivera is set for $1.2M, and Logan Forsythe will earn $1.1 million next season. Drew Smyly settled for $2.65 million, plus the chance at an additional $25,000 if he makes 28 starts and $25,000 more if he gets to 30, per the report.


Rays tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rays have tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players, per the team's official website on Tuesday. Those players include: right-hander Alex Cobb, infielder Logan Forsythe, outfielder Desmond Jennings, outfielder Matt Joyce, left-hander Jake McGee and left-hander Drew Smyly.

Alex Cobb could go from good to great


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/9/2014) Aside from missing nearly six weeks with a strained oblique, there wasn't much about Alex Cobb's 2014 season for the Rays that Fantasy owners could complain about. He still made a career-high 27 starts and posted his second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA, while trimming his WHIP to 1.14. Yet there is still plenty of room for Cobb to improve in 2015.

In a recent blog post, I identified five starting pitchers whose sagging strikeout rates could spell trouble next season, but even though Cobb's K/9 ratio fell from 8.4 to 8.1, he was not included. Though Cobb's strikeout rate was merely average for a standard mixed league starter, the surge in his swinging strike rate from 9.9 to 11.9 percent suggests he could be far from ordinary. Cobb's strikeout rate was dampened by decreases in called strikes and foul balls, but higher rates in both 2012 and 2013 show he is capable of getting more strikes, and in the process, more Ks.

From his return from the disabled list on May 22 forward, Cobb was the 28th-ranked starting pitcher in standard Rotisserie leagues and 31st in Head-to-Head leagues, but owners can expect far more from Cobb next season. Not only is he poised for a boost in strikeouts, but he should rebound from the majors' ninth-lowest level of run support among qualifying starters. Cobb deserved much better than a 10-9 record, and when you couple an increase in wins with an enhanced ERA, WHIP and strikeout total, you have the makings of a potential ace.


Alex Cobb surrenders one run in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb earned a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in seven innings and striking out three in his team's 6-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Cobb (10-8) looked like he'd be in line for a hard-luck loss, as a fourth-inning RBI double represented the only run scored in the first seven innings, but the Rays offense was able to break through for five runs in the eighth. Cobb owns a 2.75 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 144:47 K:BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Indians in Sunday's season finale.


Alex Cobb turns in quality start in loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb turned in a quality start Wednesday against the Yankees.

Cobb allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked three during the outing. Cobb got off to a strong start, throwing four scoreless innings to open the frame. He allowed his first two runs in the fifth inning. After hitting the leadoff man with a pitch, Cobb allowed a run to score on a double. Two batters later, he would allow another run-scoring double. He ran into more trouble in the sixth inning. After loading the bases with no outs, Cobb gave up his final run on a sac fly. He was able to work around the base runners, and did not allow any additional runs.

With the loss, Cobb dropped to 9-8. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


Alex Cobb flirts with no-no in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb flirted with a no-hitter but was unable to factor into the decision Thursday night in New York against the Yankees.

Chris Young doubled in the eighth inning, ending Cobb's bid for a no-no. Cobb was immediately pulled after allowing the first hit of the game. Young belted a walkoff three-run home run in the ninth inning to force a no-decision for Cobb.

The right-hander permitted one run on one hit and two walks while striking out four over 7 1/3 innings of a 5-4 defeat. He owns a 2.75 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 24 starts (147 1/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against the Yankees again.

Alex Cobb tosses strong start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb tossed a strong start Friday against the Orioles.

Cobb allowed six hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and issued one walk during the outing. Cobb nearly worked with way into trouble in the first inning. After giving up a single to the second batter he faced, Cobb managed to pick off the runner. That wound up being a good thing, as Cobb gave up a single to the next hitter. He was able to escape the inning without giving up any runs. Cobb also put two men on in the second inning, but worked around the base-runners. He did not put multiple runners on during an inning throughout the rest of the start.

Cobb picked up a no-decision for his efforts. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


Alex Cobb takes loss as opposing pitcher tosses CG shutout


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb turned in a strong performance Sunday against the Red Sox, but opposing pitcher Clay Buchholz was just that much better in a 3-0 win for Boston. Cobb allowed two runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings, but Buchholz was able to toss a complete-game shutout.

Cobb (9-7) allowed seven hits and one walk, while striking out six. He gave up an RBI single to Christian Vazquez with one out in the third inning after Xander Bogaerts advanced to third on a throwing error. Mookie Betts then had a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning to give Boston a 2-0 lead.

Cobb is winless over his last two starts, but he has allowed just three earned runs over that span. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in 10 straight starts. 

He will be back on the hill Friday against the Orioles. Cobb is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season.


Alex Cobb goes just four innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb lasted four innings Tuesday against the Orioles.

Cobb allowed two runs on three hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Cobb performed well early, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. He ran into trouble in the fourth. Cobb allowed a single and a walk to open the frame. He was able to pick up two outs against the next two hitters. With two outs, and men on second and third, Cobb gave up a two-run single to Caleb Joseph, tying the game.

Cobb was pulled with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


Alex Cobb comes out ahead in pitcher's duel


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb got the best of former teammate David Price Thursday, as he came out ahead in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Cobb was at the top of his game in the pitcher's duel, as he tossed seven shutout innings in the win. He allowed just two hits and a pair of walks, while striking out six batters on 101 pitches.

Cobb opened the season with losses in three of his first four decisions, but is unbeaten since June 13. He is 9-6 with a 3.01 ERA overall, heading into his start Tuesday against the Orioles. 


Alex Cobb turns in excellent start against Yankees


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb turned in an excellent start Friday against the Yankees.

Cobb gave up six hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out eight and walked one during the outing. Cobb was in compete control during the start. He didn't allow a runner to reach second base until his final inning of work. After giving up a single and walk in the eighth inning, Cobb was pulled from the game. He threw 112 pitches. 

With the win, Cobb improved to 8-6. He'll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


Alex Cobb has nothing to show for strong outing Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb was effective over six innings Sunday against the Cubs, but the game was decided well after Cobb left his start, as Chicago won 3-2 in 12 innings.

Cobb was locked in a pitcher's duel with Travis Wood all afternoon. After Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, Chicago tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the fifth as Javier Baez had an RBI single off Cobb.

Baez's single was the only run allowed by Cobb, who gave up six hits and no walks in six innings. He struck out six.

Cobb has not taken a loss in his last eight starts, going 5-0 in that span. He has allowed two or fewer runs in six straight starts.

Cobb is on track to make his next start Friday against the Yankees. 


Alex Cobb unable to factor into decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb fell one out shy of a quality start in a no-decision Monday night against the A's in Oakland. The right-hander permitted two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings, Cobb has allowed only three earned runs.He owns a 3.52 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 17 starts (102 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Sunday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Alex Cobb strikes out 12 in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb put up a big line in Tuesday's win, giving up one earned run on three hits and two walks in eight innings and striking out 12 in his team's 5-1 victory over the Brewers.

Cobb (7-6) has been very impressive in two straight starts after striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings in his previous outing. Now 5-0 over his last six games, Cobb owns a 3.54 ERA and 92:28 K:BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings. He's slated to take on the A's Monday.