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Tampa Bay Rays
The Indians were poised to make a long run into the play-offs this year, the only thing standing in their way being the Tampa Bay Rays and starting pitcher Alex Cobb. As we all know now, this block was insurmountable, but what we really want to know is why.
First off, the odds were against them. Winning ten games in a row against anyone is incredibly improbable and winning eleven is even more so. In fact, ten games was the Indians longest winning streak in 2013 and the longest by any Indians team since August of 2008. While it was necessary to get as far as they did, the Indians would have been much better off had they been able to coast into the play-offs, winning only seven or eight of their last ten.
In addition to just plain bad luck, Alex Cobb matched up against the Indians in all the wrong ways. In general, as a patient team that likes to go deep in the count, but still strikes out a lot, the Indians were easy to take advantage of by Cobb, who had great stuff in this a...
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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game.
Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the Indians'...
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is set to start the Wild Card Game for the Rays. Despite missing two months after being struck in the head with a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on June 15th, Cobb has quietly put together an excellent season.
In 22 starts and 143.1 innings, Cobb has a 2.76 ERA, the lowest mark on the team. The ERA is...
The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston.
Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night in the American League wild-card game.
Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering...
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for taking care of the Reds in the play-in game to earn the right to play in the NLDS. I picked the game incorrectly as I thought Johnny Cueto would have more to offer than what he did. But I could not be happier for the city of Pittsburgh for ending their long drought. Of course, it was kind of wistful watching Russell Martin perform so...
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney combined to finish the shutout 4-0 over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wild Card game.
In two starts against Cleveland this year, Cobb gave up a combined 12 hits in 14 scoreless innings.
Tampa Bay will now move on to the American League Division...
Tampa Bay at ClevelandAlex Cobb (11-3, 2.76) vs. Danny Salazar (2-3, 3.12)Led by two of the best managers in baseball, the Indians and Rays will...
Just call them road tested.
A different city, a different stadium, the same result. This time, the Tampa Bay Rays earned an escape from the win-or-go-home tightrope they had walked since Sunday.
Behind another efficient outing from right-hander Alex Cobb, the Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday in the American League wild-card game at Progressive Field to win their...
Time to settle the score over in the American League.
The Rays beat the Rangers in a convincing fashion on game 163 in Texas. Now the tenacious Rays prepare to duke it out with the surging Indians, in Cleveland.
The Rays will have Alex Cobb on the mound. Cobb has been one of the most dominate pitchers in the AL with an 11-3 record and 2.76 ERA. While Cobb hasn’t seen much of...
Three takeaways from the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the American League wild-card game Wednesday night:
- Trust and feel: No, you can't measure it. But why did Rays manager Joe Maddon stick with right-hander Alex Cobb as he allowed nine base-runners in 6-2/3 innings and repeatedly pitched into trouble? Because Maddon liked what he saw .
An unexpected season loaded with highs, lows and drama ended abruptly. The magic fizzled for the Cleveland Indians only one game into October.
Wasting scoring opportunities against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb, the Indians disappointed a sellout crowd that did everything it could to carry them Wednesday night with a 4-0 loss to the Rays in the AL wild-card game.
A team that went...
The Tampa Bay Rays moved on to the AL Division Series on Wednesday night, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 behind a great effort from Alex Cobb. The Rays will take on the Red Sox in Boston starting on Friday afternoon, but the real fun starts today.
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The Indians and the Rays are still playing as I type, but with Alex Cobb inducing an inning ending double play with one out and the bases loaded for Cleveland, the remaining playoff picture is a mere finishing touch away from being complete. The Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers don’t need to wait for no stinkin’ Wild Card, but they do have the longest wait for their series...
It might as well be Game 7 of a playoff series.
Matched up for the first time since June 2, Cleveland (92-70) will battle the Tampa Bay Rays (92-71) in a one-game wild card playoff Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The winner goes on to play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series, while the loser ends their quest for baseball glory by packing their bags for...
CLEVELAND—For a city that has endured countless pain and suffering when it comes to sports teams, Wednesday night at Progressive Field simply added more heartbreak.
The Indians first trip to the postseason in six years ended before it really started, as the Tampa Bay Rays behind the arm of 25-year old right-hander Alex Cobb shutout the Tribe, 4-0 to win the one-game wild card...
Yesterday, the nation got to watch Francisco Liriano go up against Johnny Cueto. Come Thursday, Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw are going to pitch, albeit not opposite each other. This is the playoffs, meaning the teams left are good, which means the players left are good, which means the pitchers left are good. There are going to be some incredible potential pitchers’ duels...