Alex Cobb made a generally strong return from May 2015 Tommy John surgery, a pair of disastrous outings to end the season notwithstanding. Before giving up 15 earned runs over 4.1 innings in his last two starts, he'd posted a solid 3.06 ERA and 12:4 K:BB in 17.2 innings over his first three trips to the mound. The 29-year-old has a proven track record, having posted a trio of double-digit win seasons from 2012-14, but it remains to be seen if his arm can fully return to form. While he would seem to have the inside track to a rotation spot entering spring training, Cobb will need to fend off the likes of Matt Andriese and Blake Snell. Otherwise, Cobb could make for an interesting long-term project in a bullpen capacity, an option that may be explored once he exhausts every opportunity to reclaim a starter's role.
Cobb will get the start Wednesday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The right-hander has been uneven through four starts this season, allowing four earned runs in each of his last three outings after getting the win in his first start. His ERA has ballooned to 4.88 and his WHIP has risen to 1.42. He'll be opposed by Dylan Bundy on the mound Wednesday at Camden Yards.
Cobb (1-2) allowed four runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings to take the loss Friday against the Astros. Although Cobb had a solid strikeout day, he allowed too many baserunners, and he was unable to hold onto the 3-1 lead he was given in the third inning, leading to his second loss of the season. He's yet to throw a quality start in any of his four outings, and he'll need to string together a couple solid starts before he can be fully trusted in fantasy lineups. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Orioles.
Cobb allowed four runs on 11 hits (one homer) while walking one and striking out none over five innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox. Four of the 11 hits he allowed were extra-base hits. Cobb threw 63 of his 93 pitches for strikes and saw his ERA rise to 4.50 on the year. After missing almost all of 2016 because of Tommy John surgery, Cobb is clearly still shaking off the rust, and his lack of punchouts is certainly a cause for concern after he struck out seven against the Yankees his last time out. The right-hander has the tools to be a solid fantasy starter, but until he shows more consistency, we wouldn't blame you for being cautious with the matchups.
Cobb (1-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and one walk across 7.1 innings during Monday's 8-1 loss to the Yankees. He struck out seven. Cobb wasn't quite as effective as he was in his first start against New York, as he allowed four extra-base hits, which accounted for all of the runs on his ledger. He still threw the ball relatively well, hitting the strike zone at a 66 percent clip and piling up seven punchouts after recording just four in the previous meeting. Despite this rough outing, it was a positive sign to see Cobb go deep into the game and throw more than 100 pitches for the first time since 2014. He'll take a still-respectable 3.46 ERA into Sunday's matchup with the Red Sox.
Cobb (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four in 5.2 innings during Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Yankees. He got pulled after throwing 90 pitches, just missing a quality start as a result, but it was still an encouraging beginning to the campaign for Cobb. The 29-year-old struggled at the end of last season in his return from Tommy John surgery, but he appears ready to return to the form that saw him post sub-3.00 ERAs in 2013-14 prior to his injury. Cobb will face the Yankees again in his next start Monday in New York.
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