Streaking With The Rays: Alex Cobb, Even Up, & The Yankees
Cobb Looks To Continue Success Against Yankees
Alex Cobb looks to continue his recent success and career mastery against the Yankees as the Rays attempt to get back to .500 after being 18 games under on June 10th.
Cobb was not himself early this season posting a 1-4 record with a 4.39 ERA (20ER/61.1 IP) over his first seven starts which included a 39-day stay on the disabled list with a strained oblique (4/13 – 5/22 [missed 35 games]).
Despite the slow start he has rebounded and has been a big part of the Rays dramatic turnaround posting a record of 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA (21 ER/67.1IP) over his last 11 starts.
He has won his last five decisions posting a record of 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA (14ER/49IP) striking out 49 and walking just 12 in his last eight starts.
Friday night he’ll look to win his sixth consecutive decision – the only other pitcher to win six straight decisions for the Rays this season was David Price (June 25 through July 25).
He takes the mound on Friday night against the New York Yankees as the Rays (60-61) look to become only the fourth team to reach the .500 mark in a season in which they were 18 games below. It will be the second time since falling to 24-42 on June 10th that the Rays will be within one game of .500 – the last time was 53-54 on July 29.
The other teams that were 18 under that returned to .500 were the 2004 Devil Rays, the 2006 Florida Marlins, and the 1899 Louisville Colonels.
Cobb has had much success in his career against the New York Yankees posting a career mark of 4-1 with an 2.01 ERA (11ER/49.1IP) and is 3-0 with a 1.79 ERA (7ER/35.1IP) in five starts at Tropicana Field.
He has won his last four decisions against the Yankees dating back five starts to June 6, 2012 (his only career loss versus them).