Alex Cobb Takes Aim At Tying Two Franchise Records
This afternoon Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.52 ERA) will take the mound against the Chicago Cubs as the Rays look for a series sweep. He will be opposed by left hander Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10 ERA).
Cobb has won his last five road decisions spanning 6 road starts and is just one win shy of the club record of six straight road decisions set by David Price in 2010.
In the current stretch Cobb has pitched to a 2.86 ERA (34.2IP/11ER) and hasn’t lost on the road since falling to the Miami Marlins back on June 2nd.
This is the third time in his career that he has won five consecutive road decisions. He won five in a row from May 5 through August 20, 2013 and from August 1 through September 4, 2012.
His streak was halted in 2013 in a complete game 2-1 loss to the Oakland A’s and Sonny Gray. In 2012 he fell short of matching Price when he took the loss in a Rays 3-2 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles
His current streak is second in the majors to Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros who won six consecutive road decisions in April/May.
Cobb is 3-2 in interleague play this season and with a win Saturday can tie Andy Sonnanstine (4-0 in 2008) for the most interleague wins in a season in franchise history.
On July 23rd he took on the St. Louis Cardinals and picked up the win going seven scoreless innings striking out 10 and walking none. He also delivered a RBI double in the top of the second to give the Rays the only run they would need on the day. It was his first career hit and the first extra base hit by a Rays pitchers since Andy Sonnanstine doubled May 17, 2009 against the Cleveland Indians.