Cobb can ill afford a hiccup, as the Rays need to sweep the Orioles, and need the Texas Rangers to sweep the Oakland A's just to qualify for a 163rd game to determine the last wild card spot.
Both Joe Maddon and Buck Showalter have announced the starting lineups for Monday's contest, and they are as follows:
SP Wei-Yin Chen
Tampa Bay Rays
SP Alex Cobb
Unfortunately for the Rays, the Orioles also have something to play for, as Baltimore enters Monday tied with the New York Yankees atop the AL East. Winning the division has never been more advantageous, since the wild card teams will square off in a do-or-die one game playoff on Friday.