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53 Alex Cobb SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | 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: 74.86
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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.


Alex Cobb turns in fantastic start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb turned in a fantastic performance Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Cobb tossed seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits. He did not issue any walks and struck out 10. Cobb threw 104 pitches during the start. Cobb was masterful during the start. He struck out six batters over the first three innings. Cobb had three innings where he faced the minimum three batters. Cobb did run into trouble in the fourth inning, putting two men on, but was able to pitch out of the jam. Other than that, he cruised through the game.

With the win, Cobb improved to 6-6. He’s set to make his next start against the Brewers.


Alex Cobb can't turn in a quality start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb fell just short of turning in a quality start Friday against the Twins.

Cobb gave up two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two during the outing. The only real blemish against Cobb was a third inning home run. After giving up a single earlier in the inning, Cobb allowed a two-run shot to Trevor Plouffe. He was able to pitch out of trouble the rest of the way. Cobb threw 99 pitches during the outing.

The win brings Cobb to 5-6 on the season. His next start will come against Cardinals.


Rays reveal rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Rays announced their pitching rotation for the first series after the All-Star break. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Alex Cobb, David Price and Chris Archer will face the Twins.


Alex Cobb can't win despite strong performance


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb turned in a strong performance Wednesday against the Royals.

Cobb allowed two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven during the start. Cobb actually ran into some issues early, as he allowed a first inning home run to Eric Hosmer. He settled in for a bit after that before allowing a run on a groundout in the fourth. Cobb then settled in, shutting down the Royals the rest of the way.

The Rays bullpen wound up blowing the lead, giving Cobb a no-decision. It’s unclear when he’ll make his next start due to the All-Star Game. 


Alex Cobb picks up win No. 4 Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was not at his best on Friday, but still managed to pick up a win Friday night against the Tigers to improve to 4-6 on the year. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings of a 6-3 victory.

Cobb owns a 4.28 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 12 starts (69 1/3 innings). He will look to keep rolling Wednesday at home against Kansas City.

Alex Cobb surrenders four runs in win vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb picked up a win Sunday despite giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings and striking out three in his team's 12-7 victory over the Orioles.

Cobb (3-6) saw the Orioles take the lead after a run scored on a passed ball in his fifth and final inning, but his offense was able to come through with seven runs in the top of the sixth to hand him just his second win in his last eight starts. Cobb owns a 4.20 ERA and 56:20 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. He's set to face the Tigers Friday.


Alex Cobb gives up six runs in loss vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was hammered in a loss Monday, giving up six earned runs on six hits and three walks in five innings while striking out two in his team's 8-1 defeat against the Pirates.

Cobb (2-6) started the game by surrendering two runs in the first inning, then gave up another four runs in the third, with three coming on a Pedro Alvarez home run. Cobb had given up just one earned run in 13 1/3 innings over his last two starts before Monday's shellacking. He owns a 4.10 ERA and 53:20 K:BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings. Cobb is scheduled to take on the Orioles Saturday.


Alex Cobb thriving after altering mechanics


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb has put together two strong starts -- 13 1/3 total innings, one earned run and 17 strikeouts -- since identifying several mechanical issues following a June 7 debacle against the Mariners, reports MLB.com. He'll try to keep it going Monday against the Pirates.

Cobb told the website his problems stemmed from going down the mound too quickly. He wants to make his adjustment second nature.

"This will be a pretty telling outing, because the first two, I was still pretty mindful of it and really thinking about making adjustments throughout the course of the game," Cobb said. "But I think [Monday] should be a good sample for me to see where I'm at in that process."


Alex Cobb shines in defeat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb allowed only an unearned run to the Orioles over seven innings Wednesday, but still got tagged with his fifth loss. Cobb (2-5) struck out six, walked four and allowed four hits in his second consecutive strong outing.

Second baseman Ben Zobrist misplayed a grounder in the fifth, leading to the only run Cobb allowed. Cobb has allowed one earned run over his last 13 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 3.48. He'll face the Pirates on Monday.


Alex Cobb Ks 11, snaps losing streak Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb snapped his losing streak with a gem Friday night against the Astros in Houston, striking out a season-high 11 in a 4-1 victory. The right-hander pitched 6 1/3 innings and yielded one run on three hits and two walks, improving to 2-4 on the year.

Over his last three starts covering 16 2/3 innings, Cobb has surrendered 11 earned runs. He owns a 3.99 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP through eight starts (47 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Baltimore.

Alex Cobb hopes finding flaw in delivery will snap slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Rays righty Alex Cobb has detected via video a flaw in his delivery that he believes has caused his problems since recovering from an oblique strain and coming off the disabled list. He noticed that he began rushing his body toward the plate in an attempt to increase velocity.

"Then your arm starts dragging and everything's elevated, your off-speed pitches flatten out and you give up seven runs and you're walking off the mound," he told the Tampa Bay Times.

Cobb indeed yielded seven runs on 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings against Seattle in his last start. He has given up 16 runs in 15 1/3 innings since returning from the DL.


Alex Cobb gets rocked by Mariners


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb got hammered by the Mariners at home on Saturday, dropping to 1-4 on the year. The right-hander was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out two in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-4 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 15 1/3 innings, Cobb has allowed 16 earned runs. He owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1/22 WHIP through his first seven starts (41 innings). He will look to get back on track Friday at Houston.