Chris Archer
SP TB
2 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
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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.

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 months ago

Archer (8-17) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings to earn the win Sunday against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Archer's allowed three or fewer runs in five of his six August starts to lower his ERA from 4.42 to 4.10. In addition, he passed the 200 strikeout mark, and he has a fair chance of posting at least 250 punch-outs in back-to-back seasons. He'll make his next start Friday against the Blue Jays.

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.