Tampa Bay Rays righthander Alex Cobb will make his first career postseason start Wednesday night as the Rays take on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wild Card game.

Cobb cemented his spot in the notoriously strong Tampa Bay rotation after posting a 3.01 ERA through his first 13 starts of the 2013 season. On SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio, Rays manager Joe Maddon noted that Cobb is a “tremendous competitor” and that “his stuff is really different.”

Cobb’s season didn’t go without incident, though. The 25-year-old missed two months of the regular season recovering from a concussion and vertigo after getting hit in the head with a line drive in a June 15 game against the Kansas City Royals.

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But since his return on August 15, Cobb has looked even stronger, compiling a 2.41 ERA in nine starts while striking out 58 batters.

“Alex Cobb is kind of a sleeper,” Cobb’s pitching coach, Jim Hickey, said on MLB Network Radio. “He doesn’t have the high octane fastball but he’s got good command. You hear comments all the time … when he’s on his game, which is quite often, he’s extremely difficult to hit.”

Maddon noted the key to Cobb’s success this season has been the combination of his fastball and curveball:

His fastball has been really good … with spectacular movement. The big difference is his curveball has been so good regarding control and command. He’s had everything going on, he’s a strike-thrower, he’s a tremendous competitor. You watch the quality of his swing from the side and you know how much the ball is moving. The guy wants to be there at the end of the game so he’s got all these wonderful qualities and the stuff really is different.

Listen to Wednesday night’s Tampa Bay Rays broadcast on MLB Network Radio, Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89. The Cleveland Indians broadcast can be heard on Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 86.

MLB Network Radio will have comprehensive coverage of the postseason through the last out of the World Series on Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89.

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