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Archer (3-5) last just three innings Sunday, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four in a 9-4 loss to the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Just when it looked like Archer might be turning things around a bit, posting a 3.18 ERA through his first three starts in May, he turns in another clunker. Sunday's outing was his shortest of the season and while his 11.18 K/9 rate is a career high, so are his 4.47 BB/9 and 1.72 HR/9 rates. Archer will again try to figure things out Friday against a Yankees offense that has struggled on the road this season.

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Archer took a no-decision in Wednesday's game against the Mariners. He pitched five innings, allowing four runs on five hits while walking four and striking out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rays' ace dug himself a hole early, as the Mariners capitalized on Archer's wildness (three walks in the opening frame) for a three-run first. Archer has been tough on the Mariners in the past, having not allowed an earned run in his previous three starts against them, but Kyle Seager drew a bases-loaded walk in the first and Seth Smith followed with a two-run single. Wednesday marked the fifth time this year in which the righty failed to throw six-plus innings. He'll take an unsightly 4.75 ERA into his next start in Toronto on Monday.

Chris Archer SP TB 3 weeks ago

Archer (2-4) tossed six shutout innings, allowing only five hits while striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 victory over the Angels on Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He now has 49 strikeouts in 38.1 frames. After two rough starts in the middle of April, Archer has looked a lot more like himself lately. He has allowed just two runs in his last 18.2 innings. His next scheduled start is Wednesday after the Mariners.

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Archer is committed to keeping the same mind-set each time he takes the mound, regardless of opponent, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I feel like every time we have a pre-game (meeting), we're talking about a good lineup," Archer said. "There's nothing to change or do anything different.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After his first four starts netted an 0-4 record and 7.32 ERA, the Rays' All-Star has allowed just two runs on six hits over his last 12.2 innings against the Orioles and Blue Jays, while fanning 14. Archer describes a third-inning homer he gave up to the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista in his last start as at turning point of sorts, as he switched to a more aggressive approach and retired the following 11 hitters. He plans on utilizing the same strategy in Friday's tilt against a potentially dangerous Angels lineup. "I definitely think however many outs I get, however many pitches I throw, I want to have that aggressive mentality," he said. "I don't want it have to be a run scored or a home run or whatever. I plan on doing it from Pitch 1 and not from Pitch 30 or 40 this time."

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Archer didn't factor into the decision Saturday versus the Blue Jays despite pitching one-hit ball over six innings. He surrendered two earned runs and four walks, while also striking out four.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The old adage of "if it's not one thing, it's another" certainly seems to apply to Archer's season so far, as he's found wins extremely hard to come by. It was his own ineffectiveness at play in his first few starts of the season, but Archer was primarily the victim of one mistake against Toronto. The sole hit he gave up was a two-run homer to Jose Bautista, although he also struggled considerably with his control. He did largely stymie a Toronto team he's historically done very well against, but has yet to still reach the seventh inning in any of his six starts this season.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 month ago

Archer (1-4) finally earned his first win of 2016 behind 6.2 shutout innings in Monday's victory over the Orioles. He struck out 10, didn't walk a batter, and allowed just five hits.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After walking five batters per nine innings in his first four starts, Archer finally found his control, and his All-Star form returned with it as well. Baltimore entered the night with a league-leading 128 OPS+ (.275/.339/.475) and an AL-best 27 home runs, and Archer absolutely shut them down. He induced 13 swinging strikes and threw 65 strikes in just 93 pitches. Archer finally rewarded fantasy owners who have stuck with him through his slow start. He knocked nearly two full runs off his ERA, now down from 7.32 to 5.47.

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Archer was torched for six runs in just 4.1 innings of work during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tampa's ace is now 0-4 on the young season and has yet to pitch past the fifth inning of any game. Wednesday marked the second time in three starts that he allowed six runs. With an ERA of 7.32, Archer has performed well below the expectations of his fantasy owners. He has the talent to turn things around, but the slow start, coupled with a struggling Rays team, makes it difficult to put much trust in him at this point.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 month ago

Archer feels on the verge of breaking through for his first win of 2016 despite his current struggles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rays' ace has been anything but through three starts so far in 2016, going 0-3 and generating a 5.87 ERA through 15.1 innings. Of primary concern has been the five homers that Archer has already surrendered, putting him well ahead of last year's pace (19 homers in 212 innings). He'll face the Red Sox and Rick Porcello at Fenway Park on Wednesday. "I've been very diligent, as always, about the work that I've put in and definitely going to turn that corner here pretty soon," he said Tuesday. "Looking forward to doing that against these guys. But it's going to be a tall task - they have a great lineup and a nice mix of veterans and youth." The 27-year-old was notably 0-2 with a 3.74 ERA against the Red Sox in 2015, but did generate a 1.80 ERA in a Fenway start where he gave up three hits and an earned run over five innings.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 month ago

Archer (0-3) surrendered seven hits, three runs (two earned) and three walks in Thursday's 6-0 loss to the Indians. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rays' ace early-season malaise continues, but Archer's effort was certainly enough to secure a win had he gotten any appreciable run support. The fireballer threw 67 of 105 pitches for strikes, and induced 15 swings-and-misses along the way. He did surrender a two-run blast to left-center by Marlon Byrd in the sixth inning, which followed a leadoff single by Jose Ramirez to open the frame. The Indians were able to generally stay patient enough to drive Archer's pitch count up, causing the relatively early exit. Archer has not won a start since Aug. 31 in Baltimore, going 0-6 with a 5.83 ERA in nine subsequent trips to the mound. His next opportunity to right the ship and put an end to the dubious streak should come either next Tuesday or Wednesday in Boston.

Chris Archer SP TB 2 months ago

Archer surrendered five hits, three runs (two earned and three walks over five innings in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out 12.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rays ace dug himself a hole in a 34-pitch first inning, during which he surrendered two hits, two walks and a wild pitch. He was sharp otherwise, with 66 of his 107 offerings hitting the strike zone. He became the first pitcher to fan 12 batters on Opening Day since Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat in 2007, and certainly wasn't helped by the ineptitude of the Tampa bats versus Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. Archer will attempt to regroup in his next start, which will come Friday night in Baltimore.