Baltimore Orioles Starting Pitcher Alex Cobb Returning to Form in May

After a rough April, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Alex Cobb is finally returning to form and is flourishing in the month of May with his new ball club.

After seven starts in a Baltimore Orioles uniform, starting pitcher Alex Cobb received his long-awaited win with the Orioles on Friday night against a spectacular Boston Red Sox team.

Cobb, 30, didn’t sign with the Baltimore Orioles until about a week before the start of the 2018 MLB season on March 21 as a free agent. The Orioles and Cobb agreed on a four-year deal worth $57 million that will keep the pitcher in Baltimore through 2021.

Before joining the Orioles, Cobb pitched six seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, including two seasons where he kept his ERA under 3.00.

In the six seasons in Tampa Bay, Cobb went 48-35 with a 3.50 ERA in 700 innings pitched.

However, after a setback back in May 2015, Cobb and the Rays announced he would need Tommy John surgery after suffering from right forearm tendinitis.

Upon Cobb’s arrival to the Orioles, he suffered a terrible first month with the Orioles and went winless through April with a 13.11 ERA.

2018 Pitching Game Log
DateOppRsltInngsDecDRIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERA
Apr 14@BOSL,3-10GS-4L(0-1)993.21087102017.18
Apr 19@DETL,8-13GS-4L(0-2)43.11075141015.43
Apr 25TBRL,4-8GS-5L(0-3)54.21055100113.11
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Generated 5/19/2018.

But once the calendar turned to May, Cobb began returning to form and has managed to lower his ERA in each start he’s made with the Orioles this season.

2018 Pitching Game Log
DateTmOppRsltInngsDecDRIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERA
MayTmOppRsltInngsDecDRIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERA
May 1BAL@LAAL,2-3GS-756.072222109.68
May 6BAL@OAKL,1-2GS-6L(0-4)46.052115007.61
May 12(2)BALTBRL,3-10GS-6L(0-5)55.274305207.06
May 18BAL@BOSW,7-4GS-7W(1-5)56.1103313106.56
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Generated 5/19/2018.

In May, Cobb has posted a 3.38 ERA in four starts and 15 strikeouts. Cobb also recorded his win with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night after going into the seventh inning and allowing three earned runs with three strikeouts.

Most noteworthy, Cobb guided the Orioles to their first road win in 12 attempts. Now through seven starts, Cobb has posted a 6.56 ERA for the season after owning at 9.68 ERA on May 1.

Cobb will look for his second win of the season on Wednesday, May 23 during the Orioles four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.