We’ve mentioned it a few times that it will be Alex Cobb that will replace James Shields in the Rays’ rotation. And while we knew they had similar pitching styles, I had no idea their pitching motions were so similar.

And while Shields got the better of Cobb last night, it looks like Cobb picked up a thing or two from his former mentor…



  1. sidearmjustice says:

    It's interesting to see how Shields' eyes are on the catcher, then off, then back on, then off as he fires the pitch, while Cobb's eyes stay on the catcher at all times.

  2. Don says:

    Well Good....Then Rays SAVED a lot of money last night...KC spent money.... hope the fans enjoyed it, I know their owner did...

  3. reeni645 says:

    Great for the Rays. Cobb is very good and will only get better. He seems like he really wants to be an ace!

  4. Rob says:

    Something I noticed is that Shields hides the ball better/longer from the hitter. You can see Cobb's grip as his arm falls behind him. Shields also looks like he is throwing more with max effort than Cobb, but that might be because of that exaggerated torque that squares his numbers up with the batter.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Good call on being able to see the ball/grip when Cobb brings it behind his back. I hadn't noticed until you pointed it out.

      Shields definitely creates more torque with his torso while Cobb lands in a better position for fielding.

      Their deliveries are scary similar though.

  5. Dave L says:

    Mechanically Alex looks more clean with much more precise control of his body during the windup and after release.

    When he was younger Sheilds would sometimes let his emotions get the best of him when things would go awry. He hasnt done it much the past few years, much more mature.

    Letting Shields go regardless of how well he pitches this year was a necessary move assuming a fixed finite payroll we all knew is in place. The 1/20th factor puts it in its proper perspective.


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