Chris Archer SP TB 4 weeks ago

Archer (9-6) surrendered nine runs and 12 hits while striking out six and walking two over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

The nine runs were a career-high for Archer, who had only given up four runs total in seven road starts this season. Despite the nine runs, for the season, the 26-year-old All-Star has a superb 2.74 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 147:30 K:BB ratio in 121.2 innings this season.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 month ago

Archer was dazzling Friday night, tossing 6.2 shutout innings while allowing three hits and three walks to go with eight strikeouts. Unfortunately, the bullpen let him down, and he came away with a no-decision in a game the Yankees would win 7-5 in 12 innings.

After running off an impressive string of magnificent starts, Archer struggled a bit last time out, allowing five runs, including three long balls, against the Red Sox. That outing was just a memory as he lowered his ERA to 2.18 and continued his 2015 dominance. Obvioyusly, he remains a consistently strong performer in all fantasy formats.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 month ago

Archer gave up three homers in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox, leading him towards allowing five runs over six innings.

The outing wasn't a complete loss for Archer's owners, though, as he struck out 10 and allowed just six baserunners. The first of those three homers was about as short as possible, a line drive down the left field line by Pablo Sandoval. Archer faces the Yankees in New York in his next start Friday.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 month ago

Archer gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Archer now has a career-best six-start winning streak. The Blue Jays may lead the major leagues in runs scored by a wide margin, but Archer seems unphased by their daunting lineup. Archer is 3-0 this season against Toronto and 6-1 in 12 starts for his career. He will look to continue to push his candidacy for the AL Cy Young award in Sunday's start against the Red Sox.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 month ago

Archer (8-4) put 10 men on base (eight hits and two walks) and struck out just three in just five innings Thursday against Washington, but limited the damage to three runs and came away with the win.

It's nice that Archer can win even when he's not at his best, and he certainly wasn't in this one -- he posted his second-shortest outing and lowest strikeout total of the season. He gets a tough one Tuesday against Toronto, but will have the benefit of being at home.

Chris Archer SP TB 2 months ago

Archer allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings Saturday against the White Sox. He struck out five and walked one in the no-decision.

A decent start, but in the context of Archer's recent work, it almost qualifies as a disappointment -- after all, he gave up as many runs Saturday as he had in his prior five starts combined, and he snapped his streak of three consecutive double-digit-strikeout games. But of course, if this is what passes for a subpar Archer start, we're in for a Cy Young-caliber year. He'll draw a home gig against the Nationals his next time out.

Chris Archer SP TB 2 months ago

Archer continued his stretch of dominance Sunday against the Mariners, striking out 11 over seven shutout innings to earn his seventh win of the season.

The 26-year-old has been phenomenal over his past three starts, allowing just one earned run while striking out a whopping 38 batters in 23 innings pitched. Archer draws a soft matchup with the low-scoring White Sox in his next start Saturday.

Chris Archer SP TB 2 months ago

Archer lit up the Angels on Tuesday, throwing 8.0 innings of one-run ball and registering a career-high 15 strikeouts.

With Tuesday's elite performance, Archer is pretty easily in the No. 1 starter conversation at this point. He has excellent stats across the board, with a 2.01 ERA and 2.28 FIP to back it up, 11.49 K/9 (third among all MLB starters), and a stable 50.3 percent groundball rate. He could go deeper into his starts (6.33 innings per start), but the Rays will almost certainly take what he's offering right now.

Chris Archer SP TB 2 months ago

Archer matched zeroes with opposing starter Felix Hernandez for eight innings while striking out a dozen Mariners on Wednesday, but ended up with no decision.

Archer gave up just a single and a double, and despite racking up the huge strikeout total, he only needed 95 pitches. Unfortunately, Brad Boxberger got lit up in the ninth inning to break the scoreless tie. This was Archer's second double-digit-strikeout performance this year -- pushing him into a tie for third place in all of baseball -- and he's allowed just two runs in his last 19.1 innings. He'll draw the Angels on Tuesday.

Chris Archer SP TB 2 months ago

Archer took the win against the A's Friday, tossing 5.1 innings with eight strikeouts while allowing one earned run and four walks.

Archer has allowed two earned runs or less in his last three starts with 20 strikeouts in that span. With the rest of the Rays' top of the rotation facing serious injuries, Archer has shined when they need him to. His ERA is down to 2.40 and he's rocking a 10.5 K/9 and 1.083 WHIP.