Tampa Bay Rays’ starter, Alex Cobb will make his return to the rotation tonight to face Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics. Cobb was placed on the 15-day-DL after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain. Given the Rays’ struggles thus far, the return of Cobb will certainly be a welcome one.
Cobb told MLB.com his expectations for his first start back from his DL stint,
“I’m gonna try to go nine and win, with however many pitches I have,” Cobb said.
“Pitch-count-wise, I don’t know. I think a lot of that will have to do with the type of game that’s going on — if it’s a struggle or if it’s more of a smooth-type game. I would say somewhere in the 90s would be reasonable.”
In 143 innings last season, Cobb was sublime. He had a 11-3 record and an astounding 2.73 ERA. Prior to his injury, Cobb had been a rare bright spark for the Rays. In his three starts, he collated a 1.89 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.
The Rays currently sit bottom of the American League East, with a 18-9 record, six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays who lead the way thus far.
They will hope Cobb can lead the way for a Rays resurgence.