Chris Archer
SP TB
3 days ago

Archer, who fired two scoreless innings in Sunday's 7-3 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox, was very pleased with his performance, Bill Chastain and Corey Long of MLB.com report. "I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

EDGE Analysis

Archer closed out his outing with a 95 mph fastball that disposed of Bryce Bentz, an exclamation point on what was a dominant outing overall. The 28-year-old ace of the Rays staff is looking to bounce back from a career-worst campaign in 2016, and the fact that he was immediately able to build on what have been impressive bullpen and batting practice sessions was certainly an encouraging sign.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 week ago

Archer, who threw a 30-pitch live batting practice session Tuesday, was very satisfied with the results, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "I was happy overall," Archer said. "First time facing hitters. First time working with Sucre. It was overall a really, really good day."

EDGE Analysis

The Rays' ace took a slightly different approach to his session, sitting halfway through his 30-pitch tally so as to simulate a break between innings and then returning to throw his final 15 pitches. Archer is both readying himself for his first action of the spring and his participation in the first round of the World Baseball Classic as a designated pitcher for Team USA.

Chris Archer
SP TB
2 weeks ago

Archer, who'll pitch for Team USA in the first round of the World Baseball Classic, states that his spring training regimen won't be affected by his participation, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "I've known I was going to play for six months now. When I initially got asked, I said, 'I'm going to play, but we're going to have to make it work.' Just because the pitch count is 65, I don't have to throw 65 pitches. It's just wherever I'm at. However, I'm feeling, we'll get close to that, maybe not all the way to [that count]."

EDGE Analysis

Archer is slated to throw four innings and a maximum of 60 pitches in the tournament's opening round, but confirms that the advance notice he received helped insure that it wouldn't alter his normal spring preparation for the regular season. The 28-year-old right-hander was honored by his selection to Team USA, but is also heading into a pivotal campaign following a career-high 19 losses in 2016. While he's happy for Archer's opportunity, manager Kevin Cash is realistic about the impact that participation in the high-intensity environment of the WBC can have, especially given the competitive nature of players the caliber of Archer. "You just worry that they're competing against All-Stars all over the country, all over the world. And it's very tough to tell committed pitchers or athletes to control yourself in those settings. Because that [World Baseball Classic] will be talked about. It will probably take away from Spring Training because it's such a hyped event. So you worry about that."

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 weeks ago

Archer will play for Team USA in the WBC, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing righty, who logged a team-high 201.1 innings last season, thus figures to get some extra work in heading into what he and the Rays hope will be a resurgent 2017 campaign. Archer's forgettable 2016 first half included a 4-12 record and 4.66 ERA, but he bounced back to generate a 5-7 tally and 3.25 ERA after the All-Star break, along with 103 whiffs over 91.1 innings. Archer will join a talented Team USA pitcher pool that includes the Royals' Danny Duffy and the Nationals' Tanner Roark-- who are already the squad's two designated pitchers for the first round -- as well as the Athletics' Sonny Gray and the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman and J.A. Happ.

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 months ago

Archer has reportedly been the subject of interest of several teams at the MLB winter meetings, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old right-hander might be coming off the worst season of his career statistically, but his relative youth and blistering fastball still make him an appealing candidate for teams looking to upgrade their starting rotation. Additionally, although he tallied a career-high 19 losses in 2016, Archer finished the season on a strong note, posting a solid 3.25 ERA and .215 average against while recording 103 whiffs over 91.1 second-half innings. While it's unclear what he could fetch in a trade, the Rays are looking for a power bat or two this offseason, which could be part of their asking price.

Chris Archer
SP TB
5 months ago

Archer not only avoided becoming the majors' first 20-loss pitcher since 2003 with a Wednesday victory over the White Sox, he also reached the 200-inning milestone for the second straight season, Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer fired a solid 6.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. The hard-throwing righty narrowly missed the dubious distinction of becoming the first pitcher to hit the 20-loss mark since the Tigers' Mark Maroth in 2003 and by eclipsing 200 innings for the second straight season, he joined James Shields, David Price and Matt Garza as the only pitchers in team history to accomplish the feat. That, more than avoiding the aforementioned ignominious benchmark, served as the pitcher's primary motivation in trying to close out a difficult season on a high note. "That was nice because more than anything else I'm trying to make every start, I'm trying to pitch 200 innings. That's my No. 1 priority,'' he said. "So the first half of the season was up and down, but to accomplish that feat was really nice for me personally. But there's still a lot of room to improve.''

Chris Archer
SP TB
5 months ago

Archer (8-19) gave up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Red Sox. He struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

In what has become a nightmarish version of Groundhog Day in the second half of the season, Archer once again posted a strong effort that nevertheless put yet another mark in the loss column. The hard-throwing righty notched 14 swinging strikes and first-pitch strikes on 20 of 27 hitters, but was once again done in by a complete lack of run support. Archer has managed the unlikely and dubious feat of tossing five straight quality starts and only deriving a sole victory from that stretch of outings, and has now also lowered his ERA in each of his last seven trips to the mound. At minimum, he's been able to restore his confidence after a first half of the season in which he posted a 4-12 record and 4.66 ERA. He'll look to avoid the ignominy of a 20th loss when he wraps up the season against the White Sox next Wednesday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
5 months ago

Archer didn't factor into the decision against the Orioles on Friday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing righty once again walked away without a win despite a quality start. Archer was taken deep by Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis in the second and fourth innings, respectively, the second consecutive start in which he's been touched up for a pair of homers. Archer now has four straight quality starts, but has only one victory over that span. Despite a career-high 18 losses in 2016, Archer is at least building some momentum heading into the offseason with a solid 3.20 ERA, .208 average against and 91 whiffs over 78.2 innings in the second half of the season. He'll look to get back in the win column against the Red Sox next Friday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
6 months ago

Archer (8-18) gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Yankees. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

The fireballer was a tough-luck loser, putting together one of his most efficient outings of the season but still getting the short end of the stick. Archer got 72 of his 102 offerings into the strike zone, while recording first-pitch strikes on 23 of the 27 hitters he faced. He also notched 12 swinging strikes overall and has now tallied six strikeouts or more in 11 consecutive starts. The 27-year-old also has three straight quality starts overall, but primarily due to poor run support, he's managed only one victory over that span. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Orioles next Friday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
6 months ago

Archer (8-17) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk over 6.1 innings while striking out nine Sunday, but came away with a no-decision in a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

He left the game in the seventh with a 3-1 lead and a runner on first base, but Brad Boxberger promptly allowed Toronto to tie the game and spoil the win for Archer. He's put his first half struggles firmly behind him, posting a 3.38 ERA in July and a 3.03 ERA in August before kicking September off with another quality start. He'll next take the mound Saturday in Yankee Stadium.