Sep 26, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
By now, we all know how much Alex Cobb has gone through this season. His excellent 2013 campaign was interrupted by a horrific injury when he was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Eric Hosmer. Cobb managed to come back just as strong as before, and may have arguably been the Rays best starter for the season.
With the adversity that Cobb had to go through this season, it may be fitting that the Rays playoff hopes now rest on his right arm. The Rays 0-2 deficit and the must win nature of the next three games may not seem nearly as daunting as coming back from his injury and facing live batters after taking being hit with that line drive.
Perhaps his rehab and injuries from this season make it fitting that Cobb finds himself on the mound as the Rays seek to extend their season. Facing down a Red Sox lineup that has not only performed well in the first two games, and had hit him at a .270/.350/.360 rate this season, may not be nearly as difficult as having to get back on the mound after his injury.
It may not matter that his opponent, Clay Buchholz, has yet to give up a run to the Rays this season. It may not matter that the Red Sox saddled Cobb with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.500 WHiP this season. It may not matter that the Rays season is on the line. Cobb has already had one comeback that defied the odds this season – why not lead a second?
The Rays mantra over this run through the postseason has been ‘One Game at a Time.’ More than anyone else on the team, Alex Cobb may be the right pitcher to have on the mound as they look to start the comeback.
It may not look good for the Rays at this point, but they have a player going who knows something about making a comeback.