Alex Cobb SP TB 1 Month

Cobb agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

An oblique injury cost Cobb more than a month early in the year, and he struggled to find his rhythm immediately upon his return (5.35 ERA in June), but the right-hander caught fire in the second half. In 14 starts after the All-Star break (spanning 90.1 innings), Cobb posted a 1.79 ERA, .218 BAA and 81:23 K:BB, solidifying his spot atop the Rays' rotation heading into 2015.

Alex Cobb SP TB 5 Months

Cobb gave up one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Cobb hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since June 23, and if he could just make it through a season without missing significant time due to an injury, he would be a no-doubt top-20 starting pitcher in fantasy. On Tuesday he eclipsed the 160-inning mark at the big-league level for the first time in his career, and he'll have a chance to tack on to that total in the final game of the season Sunday in Cleveland.

Alex Cobb SP TB 5 Months

Cobb tossed six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks while recording three strikeouts.

Ending a streak of 12 consecutive starts in which he allowed two earned runs or less, Cobb was not quite at top form Wednesday evening, which ultimately resulted in his eighth loss of the season. The Rays' right-hander has been one of the AL's top pitchers of the second half, posting an outstanding 1.51 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 across 77.1 innings. Cobb will likely be back on the mound either next Wednesday in Boston.

Alex Cobb SP TB 6 Months

Cobb took a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday, but was fantastic, allowing just one hit and one run in 7.1 innings. He issued a couple of walks and struck out four.

Cobb had a no-hitter through the first seven innings, but was pulled after giving up a one-out double to Chris Young, who eventually scored off of reliever Brad Boxberger. He was still in line for the win, but closer Jake McGee surrendered three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The underrated Cobb has been superb in his last 13 starts, not allowing more than two runs in any of those outings, while going 5-1 during that stretch. He's scheduled for just one appearance next week, but start him with confidence, as he'll take on the Yankees again at home.

Alex Cobb SP TB 6 Months

Cobb turned in seven scoreless frames against the Orioles on Friday night, allowing six hits and a walk while picking up a half-dozen strikeouts.

After a brilliant month of August that saw him post a 1.49 ERA and 8.9 K/9 across 36.1 innings, Cobb kicked off September in very similar fashion. The Rays' right-hander has undoubtedly placed himself atop the Rays' rotation so far in the post-David Price era and will look to keep things rolling on the mound Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Cobb SP TB 6 Months

Cobb worked a strong 6.1 innings Sunday afternoon, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out six in a tough-luck loss to the Red Sox.

One of the AL's best pitchers so far in the second half of 2014, Cobb has now allowed two runs or less in each of his nine starts since the All-Star break. Over this outstanding stretch, the Rays' right-hander has posted a 1.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.5 K/9 across 57 innings. Cobb is scheduled to be back on the bump Friday against the Orioles.

Alex Cobb SP TB 6 Months

Cobb went four innings Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on three hits while walking three and fanning six in a no-decision against the Orioles.

Neither starter fared particularly well in this one, as Wei-Yun Chen for the O's departed after just 4.2 innings. Despite the no-decision, Cobb still hasn't lost since June 23 -- a span of 11 starts -- all while posting solid numbers across the board this season (3.06 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 38:122 BB:K in 126.2 innings).

Alex Cobb SP TB 6 Months

Cobb (9-6) tossed seven shutout innings against the Tigers on Thursday, striking out six while allowing just two hits and two walks to come away with a 1-0 victory.

The unreliable and injured Cobb from early in the season has recently been replaced by a dynamo who's been mowing down batters throughout July and August. He's tossed consecutive scoreless outings and has given up a grand total of just four runs in his last six starts combined, shaving his ERA from 4.08 to 3.19 in that span. He'll draw the first-place Orioles next week -- they're the last team to score more than two runs against him in a start, way back on June 29.

Alex Cobb SP TB 7 Months

Cobb was brilliant Friday night versus the Yankees, striking out eight while allowing just six hits and one walk across 7.1 scoreless frames.

Having now gone nine consecutive starts without a loss, Cobb appears to be stepping into the top spot of the Rays' rotation. Dating back to June 29, the 26-year-old hurler is 6-0 with a 2.24 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 over 56.1 innings. Cobb will return to the mound Thursday versus the Tigers.

Alex Cobb SP TB 7 Months

Cobb tossed six solid innings Sunday afternoon versus the Cubs, allowing just one earned run on six hits while piling up a half-dozen strikeouts.

Cobb continued his nice run of work on the mound Sunday afternoon, as he has now given up two runs or less in six consecutive outings. Over this stretch, the Rays' right-hander has posted a strong 1.85 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.5 K/9 across 39 innings. Cobb will look to keep it rolling Friday against the Yankees.