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Just another shutout for Alex Cobb and the Rays

Oct 3, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

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The Rays (17) and the Indians (16) were the only American League teams to throw 15 shutouts this season, so it’s fitting that the wild card turned into another one.

Pitching himself into and out of trouble, Alex Cobb scattered eight hits in 6 2/3 innings before leaving with a 3-0 lead. Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney finished up from there as the Rays topped the Tribe 4-0 to advance to the ALDS and play Boston on Friday.

The 25-year-old Cobb was involved in four of the Rays’ regular-season shutouts, though he never completed any of them himself (his lone complete game actually came in a 2-1 loss to the A’s). The teams on the other end of those shutouts: the Indians, the Yankees, the Tigers and then the Yankees again. Overall, Cobb went 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA. He may well have been a Cy Young contender if not for the liner that brought his season to a screaming half on June 15. The complete-game loss is his only defeat in 18 starts since the beginning of May.

Now the Rays get the difficult assignment of facing the Red Sox without either of their top two starters being available in Game 1 on Friday. Matt Moore, who has been very shaky of late, will get the ball in that one. David Price, who went the distance in the one-game playoff against the Rangers on Monday, should come back for Game 2. Cobb will likely follow in Game 3, unless the Rays want to give him an extra day off and use Chris Archer then.

There is one big plus for the Rays; because MLB couldn’t help itself and there are four days between Games 2 and 5, Price could come back for the finale on regular rest, should the series get that far.

  1. raysfan1 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I love how this is set up. Fear no one! Bring on the Sox!

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    The fun loving bad boys against the homeless people! Be very worried Boston! The bad boys have just won 3 must win games in a row. The homeless people have been getting cold sitting on their park benches.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I don’t know Matthew – I think you’re right on the borderline with ‘scattering’ hits there. At least 2 hits shy for my liking.

    • dan1111 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      You’d be surprised. Once I went to a game where the starter scattered one hit.

  4. tc4306 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    “The Rays (17) and the Indians (16) were the only American League teams to throw 15 shutouts this season, so it’s fitting that the wild card turned into another one.”

    The sentence implies fairly equal and dominating staffs. There is this one little detail that somehow got overlooked. The Indians faced the Twins and White Sox a total of 34 times while the Rays were facing the Red Sox and Orioles a total of 34 times.

    Sorta changes the perception just a tad.

    • dan1111 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      That is a nice story, except that only two of the Indians’ shutouts came against the Twins and White Sox, while the Rays shut them out three times!

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