Chris Archer
SP TB
17 hours ago

Archer (7-17) pitched five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out six Red Sox in Tuesday's loss.

EDGE Analysis

Archer's 109 pitches after five frames ended his night early, as Tuesday marked his shortest outing since May 22. Despite the slight disappointment, the right-hander continued to pitch much better since the All-Star break, now owning a 2.94 ERA with 61 strikeouts over 53 innings since the Midsummer Classic. Archer's logged five quality starts in his last seven game, while lowering his ERA to 4.11, it best mark since Opening Day.

Chris Archer
SP TB
7 days ago1 Comment

Archer (7-16) pitched 7.1 shutout innings, allowing just four hits, striking out nine and walking one in a 2-0 victory over the Padres on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

This is the Archer we have been waiting for all season. He threw 70 of his 107 pitches for strikes and induced 20 swing-and-misses. Archer now has 18 strikeouts and just one walk in his last 13.1 frames. He also recorded nine punchouts in his last outing but allowed five runs. This is definitely something Archer can build upon in his next start, which will be Tuesday against Boston.

Chris Archer
SP TB
2 weeks ago

Archer (6-16) mowed down nine Yankees in Friday's 6-3 loss but also gave up five earned runs on seven hits over six innings.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing righty continues to endure the worst season of his career. Archer wasn't necessarily bad Friday, but the Yankees continued to chip away at him throughout his time on the mound. The retiring Alex Rodriguez touched him up for an RBI double in the first, and Starlin Castro followed with a clutch two-RBI single in the fourth that plated Mark Teixeira and Didi Gregorius. Castro then came back with a 417-foot two-run shot to left center, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead they wouldn't relinquish. Archer will look to notch his seventh win of the season when he faces the Padres next Wednesday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
2 weeks ago

Archer (6-15) mowed down seven Twins while giving up an earned run on three hits and three walks over six innings in Saturday's 7-3 victory.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing right-hander put together his fourth straight quality start and notched his second victory over that span. Despite the unsightly record, Archer has undoubtedly settled into much more of a groove since the All-Star break, giving up 13 runs (11 earned) on 24 hits and seven walks in the 33.2 innings encompassing his five second-half starts. He's also whiffed 38 over that span, while lowering his ERA from 4.66 to its current figure of 4.26. He'll look to continue his winning ways when he takes on the Yankees next Friday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 weeks ago

Archer (5-15) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 7.1 innings in a loss Monday to the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Archer entered Monday's start with the 11th-worst run support in the American League, and that lack of support continued, as Danny Duffy shut out the Rays for eight innings. On the bright side, Archer now has thrown three straight quality starts with an excellent 25:3 K:BB over 20.1 innings in that span. His ERA is now down to 4.38, its lowest mark since May 17.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer (5-14) allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings, taking the loss Tuesday against the Dodgers despite striking out eight without a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has demonstrated better control of late, walking two or fewer hitters in each of his last four starts after accomplishing that feat just four times in his previous 11 outings. The 27-year-old's dismal 1-7 record in his last nine starts stems in part from pitching for a Rays team that struggles to score runs, so his stock could get a boost should a trade to a contender come to fruition. If Archer remains a member of the Rays, look for him to next take the mound Monday against the Royals.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago3 Comments

Archer is one of several Rays pitchers drawing strong trade interest around the majors, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old has endured the most difficult season of his career, matching his career high in losses (13) while giving up five or more runs in six starts. Archer has certainly shown flashes, however, and has actually enjoyed his best month of the season in July, during which he's generated a respectable 3.96 ERA over four starts. There's plenty of firepower in his arm as well, with his 147 whiffs over 123.1 innings ranking at the top of the AL and fifth in the majors. Given Archer's considerable potential and velocity, he might shape up as the most tantalizing among the three Rays starters (along with Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi) to other clubs despite his current struggles.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer pitched six strong innings at Coors Field on Wednesday, allowing four hits and no home runs while striking out 11 and walking just two en route to his fifth win of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has been somewhat of a disappointment for fantasy owners this season, but rewarded patience with his splendid outing Wednesday in a tough matchup pitching in Colorado. While his ERA still sits at 4.60 and he has just five wins, struck out a whopping 147 batters, good for best in the AL. While his 51 walks don't look terrible when compared to all those strikeouts, they too are the most of any pitcher in the AL this season, and are a major reason for his struggles. He'll hope to continue the form he found Wednesday when he takes the mound against the Dodgers next Tuesday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer (4-13) gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 7.1 innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Orioles. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing righty may ironically have had his best stuff of the season Friday, but was still saddled with a 13th loss, equaling the career-worst figure in that category that he posted in 2015. Archer notched a whopping 22 swinging strikes, and found the strike zone on 71 of his 105 pitches overall. Staked to a 3-1 victory after three innings, the 27-year-old brought about his own demise by allowing an RBI double to Pedro Alvarez in the fifth, a fielder's choice to Matt Wieters in the sixth, and an eighth-inning, 406-foot solo shot to Jonathan Schoop that gave the Orioles a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Archer will try to put an end to his six-start losing streak against the Rockies next Wednesday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
2 months ago

Archer (4-12) gave up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing right-hander's nightmare season continues, as he dropped a fifth straight decision, including his second to the Red Sox over his last three starts. Archer fell behind frequently Friday, a recipe for disaster against a patient and lethal Boston lineup. The 27-year-old was able to notch first-pitch strikes on only nine of the 26 hitters he faced, and induced a modest 10 swinging strikes over 116 pitches. Archer is now one loss away from equaling the career-high mark that he set last season, and his four wins currently rank as his lowest total in that category since his first-year cup of coffee in 2012 where he fired only 29.1 innings. He'll look to gather himself over the All-Star break and salvage his season in the second half.