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Tampa Bay Rays Best Pitching Seasons #12-11

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 15: Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays checks a runner at first base against the Boston Red Sox July 15, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 15: Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays checks a runner at first base against the Boston Red Sox July 15, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 15: Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – JUNE 15: Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Alex Cobb makes his first and only appearance on the list at #11. His 2013 season, although shortened, was crucial to the Rays most recent playoff run and appearance.

Alex Cobb pitched seven seasons in Tampa Bay marred by injuries, but his 2013 campaign stood out among the rest. A season that included an 11-3 record, a sub three earned run average, and a magical wild card game performance simply couldn’t be left off the list.

Breakdown:

  • Record: 11-3
  • ERA: 2.76
  • IP: 143.1
  • WHIP: 1.151
  • K: 134
  • WAR: 3.9

Although his season was shortened and he only made 22 starts, Alex Cobb had an enormous impact in 2013 for the Tampa Bay Rays. In what was a career year for Cobb, one could only ask how highly his season would be ranked if he was able to make another eight starts.

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His biggest impact in 2013 came in the Wildcard Game against the Cleveland Indians. Cobb threw 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits and striking out five. Dodging bullet after bullet, he silenced the rambunctious Cleveland crowd and led the Tampa Bay Rays to a Divisional Series match up with the Red Sox.

Throughout his time with the Tampa Bay Rays Alex Cobb battled injuries but prevailed in 2013 with a fantastic season on the mound, albeit shortened. As he led the way for the Rays in a winner take all Wildcard game he cemented his spot among the best seasons in Rays history.

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