Postgame Report March 12
Alex Cobb continued what’s been to this point has been a terrific spring training in a 3-1 loss Tuesday afternoon to the Yankees. Cobb went five innings, giving up two hits while striking out six. In his last three Grapefruit League starts, Cobb has worked 12 shutout innings, given up four hits, and struck out 16 without walking a batter.
Cobb said he felt good about the results:
If you listened, you heard that Cobb and the other starters are still competitive and do their fair share of good natured ribbing of one another. Before the game, David Price was officially named the opening day starter, to no surprise. Price still considers it a great honor, and Joe Maddon talked before the game about how Price is such a great competitor that starting Opening Day, making All-Star teams, etc all means a great deal to him because he has such a desire to be great.
Watching Chris Archer this spring, I think he possesses some of those same qualities, and his time will come. Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Alex Torres were optioned to Durham before the game, leaving 48 players in camp. Archer handled it extremely well, as you would expect, although he admits he was surprised:
Following Cobb, Cesar Ramos and Brandon Gomes were equally sharp in scoreless innings. For Ramos it was his first start after the WBC with Mexico. Gomes continues to pitch extremely well this spring, pitching at 92 miles per hour with a sharp slider.
Joe Maddon talked about the pitching after the game:
As for the game itself, all of the runs scored were in the eighth inning, and came after errors were committed.
The Rays are off on Wednesday (although David Price will stay on schedule and pitch in a minor league game) and then face the Orioles in Sarasota on Thursday. Our latest Countdown to Opening Day show is on Thursday at 7 pm with Dave and Andy. Guests will be Jeremy Hellickson and bench Coach Dave Martinez.