Ramon Ortiz faces right hander Alex Cobb tonight as the Blue Jays look to continue their winning ways. Cobb was picked in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by the (Devil) Rays and is having a pretty great season in his third year in the big leagues. In his eight starts (53.0 IP) he has a 2.89 ERA and a 3.58 FIP, showing impressive command with a K/9 of 8.83 and a BB/9 of 2.04. He's pitched this well in spite of the fact he has a 18.4% HR/FB rate so far, which is awfully unlucky. He also made some history earlier this season.
Cobb throws a fastball, sinker, curveball, and a split-change using all four pitches quite often. His hard stuff sits in the low 90's while his split-change comes in at around 86 MPH. Cobb has been throwing his split-change 30% of the time this season and he throws the pitch over half the time with two strikes. He also throws the pitch just as often to right handers as he does to left handers. You can see he locates the pitch on the inside half of the plate against right handed batters.
Here's a gif of the nasty split-change the Blue Jays hitters can expect to see tonight:
Should Lind Play: Yea
Both lefties and righties have around a .300wOBA against Cobb in his career although he's been much tougher against lefties this year than usual. A right handed pitcher with such a great changeup might be a situation to sit Lind, but Cobb's split-change is equally as good against hitters on both sides of the plate so it doesn't matter very much tonight. This actually might be a good situation to start Anthony Gose as well due to Colby Rasmus being so lost at the plate against great off-speed pitches.
For today's "Find the Link":
Find the link between Alex Cobb and the 2010 winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award.
Enjoy the game!