Finally. Alex Cobb, who may have been an “illegitimate” owner of the MLB Game Score Belt due to the Bullpen Rule, has lost the Belt. On Tuesday, the Angels came into Tampa, and there wasn’t much Cobb could’ve done.
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched an absolute gem. In six and one-third shutout innings, he allowed only three hits and three walks, while striking out five Rays batters. Cobb, in seven and one-third innings, allowed seven hits, three walks, while striking out five. However, Cobb allowed four runs, including back-to-back home runs to start off the game from Cameron Maybin and — the man of the day here at RO Baseball — Mike Trout.
Shoemaker’s Game Score of 71 was more then enough to strip the Belt from Cobb’s possession, after the Belt defender only posted a Game Score of 45.
Matt Shoemaker is 4–2 with a 3.97 ERA this year, striking out 55 in 56.2 innings pitched.
Shoemaker’s next start will likely be against either the Miami Marlins or Atlanta Braves, giving the Belt a chance to leave the American League.