Alex Cobb
SP TB
3 days ago

Cobb threw live batting practice Monday and was happy with the session, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "There weren't too many hitters, I had a lot of injured guys in my group who were kind of just tracking," Cobb said. "I had Brad Miller, who was swinging, and he swung often, thankfully [which allowed Cobb to see how a hitter reacted to his pitches]. But it was good."

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old righty struggled and in five starts at the big league level last season after missing the entirety of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. Cobb was 1-2 with a mammoth 8.59 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 22 innings in five starts at the tail end of the season, and enters spring training looking to solidify a spot in the Rays starting rotation. Considering his difficult stretch in 2016, Cobb is looking forward to getting a fresh start this spring and getting some live game action in. "You go from flat-ground work in mid-January, progress up to the bullpens, and live BP. The games. Just another step in that direction. I was happy to get that under my belt."

Alex Cobb
SP TB
1 month ago

Cobb and the Rays avoided arbitration with a $4.2 million deal, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cobb's return from Tommy John surgery went less than well in 2016, allowing an 8.59 ERA in five starts. He could still easily bounce back from that in 2017, but it could be a red flag for his recovery. Considering this is probably his final round of arbitration, his 2017 season will be vital to his career as he hits free agency at the end of the year.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
5 months ago

Cobb (1-2) allowed eight runs on eight hits and two walks and lasted just three innings in a loss Tuesday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Cobb has allowed 15 runs over 4.1 innings in his past two starts after a promising beginning to his injury shortened 2016. He was touched up for a pair of home runs and has now allowed five in as many starts. His ERA is a brutal 8.59, a hard number to believe after he posted a 2.87 ERA in 166.1 innings last season.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
5 months ago

Cobb (1-1) just did not have it Wednesday against the Yankees, lasting only 1.1 innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, taking the loss.

EDGE Analysis

Cobb had been pitching well in his return from Tommy John, entering Wednesday with a 3.06 ERA over three starts. Then he ran into the Yankees, who rattled off hit after hit until Gary Sanchez really broke things open with a three-run homer down the left field line in the second, ending Cobb's night at 52 pitches. The outing more than doubled Cobb's ERA to 6.16. He'll try to forget the rough outing when he takes on the White Sox on Monday.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
5 months ago

Cobb, who makes the first of his last two starts of the season Wednesday versus the Yankees, is pleased with his body of work at the major league level in 2016, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old is pleased with what he's been able to do so far over his three starts since returning to the major league level, Cobb has given up six earned runs over 17.2 innings over that period, posting a solid 3.06 ERA and 12:4 K:BB. The fact that he's been able to put together some positive efforts at the tail end of 2016 is sure to provide him with some much-needed confidence heading into next season, regardless of how his last pair of outings go. "I've done enough good things to hang my hat on," he said.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
5 months ago

Cobb (1-0) worked around three walks to allow just one run on two hits while striking out four in 6.2 innings in a victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander wasn't quite as sharp as his first two outings back from Tommy John surgery, but he's still yielded just four free passes in 17.2 frames. Cobb pitched well enough to win in his other starts, but he finally received the run support early in the game to capture the victory. He is 1-0 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 17.2 innings over three starts this season. His next scheduled outing is Wednesday against the Yankees.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
6 months ago

Cobb allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings in Tuesday's no-decision at Yankee Stadium, striking out one without a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Cobb has pitched well in two starts since returning from Tommy John surgery, issuing just one free pass in 11 innings. He has no wins to show for his efforts, though, which isn't surprising given Tampa Bay's underwhelming offensive numbers. Wednesday's road matchup with Toronto will be a big test after the 28-year-old held that dangerous lineup at bay nicely in his previous outing at Tropicana Field.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
6 months ago

Cobb (0-0) held the Blue Jays to two runs on four hits while striking out seven over five innings of work Friday in his return from Tommy John surgery.

EDGE Analysis

Cobb's first big league start in almost two years was encouraging, as he settled down after a rough first two innings to retire the final 10 batters he faced. While he has had battled frequent injuries since breaking into the majors in 2011, he has consistently proven to be an effective starter for the Rays when healthy.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
6 months ago

Cobb (elbow) was activated from the 60-day DL on Monday and is set to start Friday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

The Rays went ahead and activated Cobb prior to roster expansion, designating Steve Geltz as a corresponding move. He will start Friday against a potent Blue Jays lineup in his first big league start in almost two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery. For what it's worth, Cobb has been hit hard in his rehab starts, but his big league track record still makes him worth rostering in mid-sized formats over the rest of the season.

Alex Cobb
SP TB
6 months ago

Cobb (elbow) will start Friday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Friday will mark Cobb's first major league action since 2014, as the 28-year-old is finally at the end of his lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery. The results have been somewhat rocky during his rehab stint, as he's worked to a 6.60 ERA over four starts at Triple-A and a 6.75 ERA in four starts at High-A, so the Rays will likely play it fairly cautiously with not much on the line in the final month. Tampa is expected to go with a six-man rotation for the time being, so no further changes to the rotation are forthcoming.